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Former PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland held in fraud probe

By Chris Kilpatrick

A former Assistant Chief Constable remained in police custody last night in connection with a probe into the awarding of contracts for PSNI vehicles.

Duncan McCausland, who held the post for nine years until his retirement in 2011, was detained on Tuesday.

Four men were arrested in Northern Ireland, including 54-year-old Mr McCausland, a 48-year-old serving police officer, a 37-year-old member of police staff, and a 62-year-old civilian.

Two other men – both civilians, aged 34 and 54 – were detained in England and transported to Northern Ireland. All remain in custody. The men were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including bribery, misconduct in public office and procuring misconduct in public office.

Searches were carried out at houses and businesses following the arrests in counties Antrim, Down and Tyrone.

A number of items were seized and taken away by police.

The suspects were taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning by detectives.

Mr McCausland now works as a security and justice consultant.

He is also affiliated with a number of bodies, including the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

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