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The PSNI suspends top traffic cop over tax probe

By Deborah McAleese

Published 11/12/2015

PSNI Superintendent Gerry Murray at a road safety launch last year
PSNI Superintendent Gerry Murray at a road safety launch last year

A senior police officer has been suspended after his home was raided by HM Revenue and Customs as part of an investigation into tax evasion.

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal that Superintendent Gerry Murray, who is head of road policing in Northern Ireland, was suspended from his post last month pending the outcome of the HMRC-led investigation.

It is understood that Mr Murray's house was one of a number of properties searched by HMRC officers as part of a tax evasion probe.

The 60-year-old, who is the PSNI's longest serving Catholic officer, has not been charged with any criminal offence.

A PSNI spokesman said that "an officer was suspended in November 2015 as part of an investigation led by HMRC".

It is understood that the investigation is still in its early stages and Mr Murray could therefore be suspended for some time.

HMRC was unable to provide any further details about the case.

Just weeks before his suspension Mr Murray helped organise a powerful road show aimed at teenage drivers. The event was aimed at encouraging younger road users to take more care and responsibility on the roads.

He also recently took part in a television documentary about a group of altar boys who served at Holy Cross Church during the Troubles.

Aired on BBC last month, True North's Boys of '69 featured Mr Murray - who joined the RUC when he was 18 - and six other altar boys from the Ardoyne area who were reunited for the first time in 50 years.

Last year Mr Murray led a group of PSNI officers as they marched for the first time at the St Patrick Day parade in New York alongside members of An Garda Siochana.

He marched with Ireland's ambassador to the US Anne Anderson and the then SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell.

In 2010 the officer, who is also a founding member of the PSNI's GAA team, took a case against the force alleging religious and age discrimination.

Superintendent Murray took the legal against the PSNI after he failed to get a job in the organisation's professional standards department.

The case was settled before it went to a hearing.

The senior officer played Gaelic football for the Ardoyne Kickhams club before joining the police 41 years ago.

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