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'Rape' charge fire chief suspended

A chief fire officer has been suspended after he was charged with rape over an alleged incident dating back to 2006.

Sean Frayne, who is Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service's most senior fire officer and chief executive, was yesterday charged over an alleged incident in Etwall near Derby, police said.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said Frayne would now appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court at the end of the month.

In a statement, a force spokesman said: "Derbyshire Constabulary can confirm that Sean Frayne has been charged with an offence of rape of a woman (16 years of age and over) under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

"Mr Frayne, 47, of Etwall, who was arrested in February 2014, was charged yesterday afternoon and is due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on Monday, March 31.

"The charge relates to an alleged incident in Etwall in December 2006."

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and the county's fire authority said Mr Frayne had been suspended from his post until further notice, following the decision to charge.

In a statement, the brigade said: "Derbyshire's deputy chief fire officer Andy Waldie and deputy chief executive, Joy Smith will cover the responsibilities of the chief fire officer and chief executive in the short term."

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