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Top Cop Charged With Drink Driving


A senior detective was charged with a drink-driving offence just hours after his colleagues launched one of his force’s most high-profile murder investigations following the death of teacher Ann Maguire.

Detective Chief Superintendent David Knopwood, above, head of West Yorkshire Police’s protective services, has been suspended from duty after being arrested on Monday.

He was held by North Yorkshire Police in Knaresborough at 11.30pm – around 12 hours after Mrs Maguire was attacked at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

Since November, Mr Knopwood, 48, has led the protective services department which was formed when the crime division was merged with the homicide and major enquiry team.

He was not the senior officer working on the investigation into Mrs Maguire’s death.

Mr Knopwood wrote the force’s Operation Newgreen report into officers’ relationship with paedophile celebrity Jimmy Saville, which was criticised by victims when it was published a year ago.

The department is now being led on an interim basis by Acting Chief Dept Superintendent Mark Ridley.

Knopwood will appear before magistrates later this month charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath.

West Yorkshire Police’s head of professional standards, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Brennan, said: “An off-duty West Yorkshire Police officer was arrested and subsequently charged with a drink-driving offence by North Yorkshire Police on Monday.

“The officer, who is in his 40s and based in Wakefield, has subsequently been suspended from duty.”

Jail Staff Criticised Over Prisoner Killing

Former Irish prisoner Gary Douch had consumed “a considerable amount of alcohol” in a cell in Mountjoy jail just before being beaten to death by a prisoner who was displaying psychosis, a report has found. The two men should never have been placed in the same cell together, the Commission of Investigation into the 2006… Continue Reading