Mr Robinson said,
“Serious allegations have been made involving the Police Ombudsman arising from an incident at her home. Whatever the outcome of the investigation underway, officers have contacted me questioning how she can continue in post in the interim.
A number of high-profile events have recently impacted on morale within the PSNI. At a time when they crave stability, they do not believe the current situation is tenable. They rightly engage with and are subject to the Office of the Ombudsman, but they too must have faith in that Office.
The allegations have been well aired in print and broadcast media. I respect the integrity of the West Midland’s Police investigation and welcome their involvement. I trust there will be a swift investigation with full cooperation from all involved.
Whilst this investigation continues there should be interim arrangements with Marie Anderson stepping aside until it has been concluded.”