Mike Veale accused of giving inaccurate account of how his phone was damaged

A police chief who oversaw a controversial investigation into the former prime minister Sir Edward Heath “has a case to answer” for alleged misconduct for providing an inaccurate account of how his phone was damaged, a police watchdog has found.

An investigation into Mike Veale, the former chief constable of Wiltshire police, was launched in January by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), following anonymous claims that he had damaged his police-issued mobile phone to hide contacts with “various parties” during Operation Conifer, which looked into claims about the late prime minister, that were eventually dismissed.

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