Police pass file on former fire chief to CPS
Police investigating a former fire service chief who resigned after purchasing a fire service Land Rover Discovery worth £8,000 for just £500 have passed the file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who will now decide whether to bring criminal charges.
Last June, while serving in the role of Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Stewart Edgar arranged an auction for the “surplus” vehicle. He is understood to have rejected a second, higher bid for the 15-year-old vehicle and accepted the lower amount, making the purchase through a company he had links to.
Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “A file has been submitted to the CPS in connection with an investigation into the sale of a Fire and Rescue Service vehicle.”
The force also said that a man had been voluntarily interviewed under caution in connection with the investigation, that inquiries are on-going and that no one has yet been charged in connection with the case.
At the time of his resignation, Mr Edgar told staff he was standing down from his £125,000-a-year job to “give time” to his family. An internal investigation, triggered after a whistleblower contacted the county council, found Mr Edgar made “poor judgment” over the 4×4’s disposal.
In the months leading up to his resignation, Mr Edgar was awarded an OBE for 27 years of service to local government. He has since been replaced as chief fire officer by Wayne Bowcock.