THE former leader of a council forced to quit the top job after a Lancashire Telegraph investigation is demanding to know who complained to the police about his conduct.

Ex-Ribble Valley Borough boss Ken Hind is calling for the subjects of such inquiries not to have their names made public unless charged.

In October the Telegraph revealed that Mr Hind, who lost his council seat in May, faced three possible probes into his conduct.

They were:

* a Ribble Valley Council inquiry into a complaint of bullying by a political colleague;

* a police investigation into a complaint of misconduct in public office from a fellow councillor; and

* a potential Conservative Central Office probe after a complaint from a party member.

In December, the Lancashire Telegraph reported the police had closed their investigation with 'no further action'.

The Conservative Party confirmed a complaint had been received and said any party probe would await the outcome of the council investigation.

Mr Hind initially declined to comment on any of the investigations.

Now he has written to Chief Constable Andrew Rhodes asking for the name of the person who made the complaint against him.

Mr Hind said the revelation generated 'personal unpleasant attacks on social media'.

He said: "Political opponents made much in their leaflets. The combined impact of this was to influence voters against me.

''This means an anonymous person can make malicious allegations against public figures.

"Investigations should only be made known to the public if they result in charges."

A report on the Ribble Valley investigation will be made the council's Accounts and Audit Committee tonight (WED).

A police spokesman said: "We won’t be confirming the names of any parties involved."

A Conservative Party spokesman said: "We wouldn't comment on internal matters."