Police chief forced to quit

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The former chief constable of a police force at the centre of a sexual harassment inquiry said yesterday he had been forced to retire before he had the chance to clear his name.

David Burke, 59, who was head of North Yorkshire Police,was told he must leave his job as planned before a disciplinary hearing in a few weeks.

North Yorkshire Police Authority said he may have committed disciplinary offences from his handling of allegations of harassment at Harrogate police station, which lead to two large out-of-court payments.