21:21, 6 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:24, 6 July 201
Police chief under investigation for 'influencing inquiry into alleged sex attack'
"Sussex police chief Martin Richards (pictured) has been reported to the police watchdog amid allegations of 'undue influence' in a criminal investigation into a sexual assault.
A chief constable is under investigation for misconduct over claims he meddled in a police inquiry into an alleged sex attack.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched a probe after the extraordinary claims were made last month by a member of his staff via an anonymous internal reporting system.
Details of the specific criminal case cannot be reported for legal reasons as it involves a serious sexual assault of a woman which has yet to come to trial.
There is no suggestion that the top policeman is implicated in any way in the case, but he is accused of interfering in the investigation led by his officers."
Sussex Police Chief Constable Martin Richards investigated