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Ex-top cop Duncan McCausland leaves role at Tourist Board pending investigation into contracts for police vehicles

By Chris Kilpatrick

A former Assistant Chief Constable of the PSNI has stepped down from his role with the Tourist Board pending an investigation into the awarding of contracts for police vehicles.

Duncan McCausland was arrested last week, along with six other men, by detectives investigating the awards.

He strongly denies any wrongdoing and on his release from custody insisted he would go out of his way to prove his innocence.

He was one of seven men arrested in Northern Ireland and England. Mr McCausland was released without charge and a report sent to the Public Prosecution Service.

The 54-year-old former officer has decided to temporarily step aside from a number of public bodies he is affiliated with until the police probe is completed.

They include the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, of which he was widely expected to be appointed chair later this year.

Announcing his decision, Mr McCausland told the NITB in a letter: "I wish to protect the integrity of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and accordingly would request a period of absence until this matter is concluded."

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