THE Sussex police and crime commissioner claims she was subjected to a “relentless campaign” of stalking and harassment which resulted in her facing prosecution.

Katy Bourne said she endured “malicious allegations” for five years from a “particular individual”.

Her comments came in response to news she would not face criminal prosecution over claims she had made a false statement about expenses during her 2016 re-election campaign.

Ms Bourne told The Argus yesterday: “I was always confident the facts would speak for themselves and I am pleased the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has determined there is no case to answer.

“For almost five years I have been subjected to a relentless campaign of harassment, stalking and malicious allegations from a particular individual.”

She was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after a member of the public complained about a comment she had made online.

The watchdog was contacted after Ms Bourne posted on Facebook that she had not claimed expenses during her term. She had in fact claimed £385, according to the complainant.

The Sussex police and crime panel considered the complaint and referred it to the IPCC.

The watchdog found a criminal offence may have been committed under the Representation of Peoples Act 1983 and asked the CPS whether Ms Bourne would face charges.

An IPCC spokesman said: “[The IPCC investigation] formed an opinion that a criminal offence may have been committed. A referral was made to the CPS.

“The CPS informed the IPCC of its decision that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that no further action would be taken.”

A report into the IPCC investigation will be published in due course.