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2 October 2017, 14:52
A third probe into gross misconduct allegations against Police Scotland's chief constable has been launched by independent investigators.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) confirmed it is investigating the further allegation about Phil Gormley, who is currently on special leave while two other allegations of gross misconduct are being considered.
The confirmation comes after the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) referred the third matter to the Pirc last week.
The commissioner has assessed the conduct which is the subject of the allegation would, if proved, amount to "gross misconduct".
The announcement from Pirc comes as it emerged a fourth complaint of bullying has been made against the Chief Constable.
Mr Gormley was given notice on Monday that the allegations will be investigated, Pirc confirmed.
The two other separate misconduct probes remain ongoing.
Once each investigation is concluded, the commissioner will send reports to the SPA in due course, summarising the evidence and providing an opinion on whether the allegations should be referred to a misconduct hearing.
In a statement, the Pirc said: "The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (Pirc) is investigating further allegations of gross misconduct about the Chief Constable.
"Following a referral by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) on Wednesday 27 September 2017, the commissioner has assessed that the conduct which is the subject of the allegation would, if proved, amount to gross misconduct."
It went on: "As all three investigations are live it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."