Four top police officers investigated for misconduct over gangland killing
- Four include Northamptonshire Police Authority chief constable Adrian Lee who is head of Association of Chief Police Officers' ethics portfolio
Gangland killing: Amateur footballer Kevin Nunes was gunned down in a country lane in 2002
The Independent Police Complaints Commission will look into the handling of an investigation by Staffordshire Police into the murder of amateur footballer Kevin Nunes, 20, who was gunned down in a country lane in 2002.
Five men were jailed in connection with the killing in 2008.
The IPCC confirmed that formal notice of investigation had been served on 'a number of former and serving Staffordshire Police officers'.
Last night, The Guardian suggested the allegations related to concerns over potentially important evidence being withheld from the prosecution during the trial.
Northamptonshire Police Authority confirmed that its force's chief constable Adrian Lee and deputy chief constable Suzette Davenport were being investigated.
Mr Lee is also the head of the Association of Chief Police Officers' ethics portfolio.
Under investigation: Chief constable Adrian Lee is one of four senior police officers under the microscope by the IPCC
Nunes, a drug dealer who had been on the books of Tottenham Hotspur, was shot dead in an execution style killing after a gang dispute.
His killers, Levi Walker, Antonio Christie, Adam Joof, Michael Osbourne and Owen Crooks were all jailed for life after being found guilty of murder by a jury at Leicester Crown Court.
The IPCC investigation was launched after the men lodged an appeal with the court of appeal, which asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to investigate.
The CCRC subsequently referred the case to the IPCC.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police Authority said Chief Constable Adrian Lee and Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport had not been suspended and that 'we wish them to continue driving the force forward in these challenging times.'
A Staffordshire Police Authority spokesman stressed that the notices of investigation were 'not judgmental in any way' and did not indicate wrongdoing.
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