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George Hamilton strongly denies suggestions he is set to step down as chief constable

Chief Constable George Hamilton was appointed to the top job in 2014. Picture by Hugh Russell
Andrew Madden

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has said he has "absolutely no plans" to step down from the post.

Mr Hamilton (50) strongly rejected suggestions in a Sunday newspaper that he was set to quit after three years in the job.

The Sunday World reported that his planned exit was revealed at a function for senior police officers, which the chief constable did not attend.

However, in a statement to The Irish News yesterday, Mr Hamilton described the content of the article as "totally unfounded".

"I have absolutely no plans to stand down from the job of Chief Constable now or in the near future," he said.

"This report is totally spurious and I will be seeking advice regarding legal action against the newspaper."

Originally from Newtownards, Mr Hamilton joined the RUC in 1985 at the age of 18.

He became the Assistant Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police in Glasgow, before assuming the position in Northern Ireland.

He became the fourth Chief Constable of the PSNI in 2014, succeeding Matt Baggott in the £195,000-a-year post.

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