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London Deputy Mayor For Policing Being Investigated By Police Watchdog Over Previous Job

15/01/2013 10:46 GMT | Updated 31/01/2013 10:58 GMT

The deputy mayor for policing in London is being investigated by the police watchdog over allegations linked to a previous job, it was revealed today.

A spokeswoman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the body received the referral about Stephen Greenhalgh yesterday from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

She said: "This referral follows a complaint made to the GLA regarding the conduct of deputy mayor for policing Stephen Greenhalgh.

"The allegations which form the complaint relate to Greenhalgh's previous role at a London local authority. The complaint is currently being considered by the IPCC."

Greenhalgh's current role means he has the authority to appoint and sack senior officers in the capital.

Last month it was reported that Mayor of London Boris Johnson had warned Greenhalgh over claims he touched a woman's bottom in a lift at City Hall.

Greenhalgh said he had no recollection of the alleged incident, but apologised for anything that might have been misunderstood.

This was not treated as misconduct and was not referred to the IPCC.