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Simon Byrne to take over chief constable job in July

Simon Byrne will take over as PSNI chief constable in July.

NEWLY appointed Chief Constable Simon Byrne is to take up his post in the PSNI on July 1.

The former Cheshire Police chief constable is replacing George Hamilton who will retire this month.

The Policing Board confirmed yesterday that Mr Byrne will now take over the top policing job at the start of July.

Mr Byrne is expected to speak to the press on his first day in post.

He has 36-years of policing experience - a third of that at high rank.

The Policing Board previously said that Mr Byrne's appointment was unanimous and his interview impressed the panel, with his extensive experience at a high level making him the most attractive candidate.

Mr Byrne spent most of his career in Merseyside Police. He held senior positions there and at the Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester Police, before his appointment as chief constable of Cheshire Police in 2014.

That posting ended in controversy with a lengthy suspension amid allegations of 'Gross Misconduct with regards to Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct'.

He was suspended while 74 allegations of misconduct were investigated. However he was exonerated on all counts last year.

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