Police candidate steps down over conviction

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A DERBYSHIRE police and crime commissioner candidate has removed himself from the running after it emerged he had a criminal record.

Alan Charles has been forced to drop out of elections for the role after it emerged he committed a minor offence when he was a teenager.

It bars him from holding the post.

Mr Charles, who was chosen as Labour’s candidate to be Derbyshire’s first police and crime commissioner in June, said his offence was minor and committed 47 years ago.

He did not release any details of the incident but said he’d decided to stand down after receiving clarification about which offences disqualified candidates.

Elected police commissioners will replace police authorities at 41 forces outside London in November.

Their jobs will include setting priorities for their police force, overseeing its budget and hiring the chief constable

The elections will be held on November 15.

Mr Charles has served as a councillor for more than 20 years and as vice chair of Derbyshire Police Authority.

He said: “A minor criminal offence I committed as a 14-year-old...for which I was given a year’s conditional discharge has now barred me from standing for the PCC post.

“I have taken the difficult decision to stand down as the Labour Party candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.”

Candidates are banned from standing for election to the role if they have been convicted of an imprisonable offence.