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New Cheshire Police Chief vows to fight criminals

Simon Byrne, sworn in today as the new Chief Constable of Cheshire

Simon Byrne has pledged to "stay one step ahead of the criminal," after being sworn in as Cheshire's new Chief Constable.

The former Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside had his appointment confirmed by the Police and Crime Panel in February - and has detailed his plans for the role, having re-affirmed his police oath to serve the community of Cheshire.

Mr Byrne said, "My priorities will be to improve visibility, using the latest tactics to fight crime and equipping front line officers with the right technology, to reduce bureaucracy and stay one step ahead of the criminal."

Mr Byrne replaces Dave Whatton, who is retiring after 6 years.

John Dwyer, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire added: "It's fantastic to have Simon on board. As Chief Constable designate, he's been finding his feet and observing how the force operates, which will help him hit the ground running."

Chief Constable Byrne has previously worked as the Assistant Chief Constable at Merseyside Police, and also as Deputy Chief Constable for Greater Manchester Police. He has already overseen 'Operation Cleansweep' in his new role.

Mr Dwyer continued, "I'm delighted to see the impact that Simon's presence has already had on the force.

Last week 179 people were arrested as part of 'Operation Cleansweep' which targeted people who were wanted on warrants, failed to turn up at court or were named suspects in criminal investigations.

"This was fantastic work and I'm delighted with the direction the force is taking. There are exciting times ahead."

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Police take part in run to remember fallen colleagues

Scores of police workers from across the North West have taken part in a fancy dress run in Cheshire today to honour two fallen colleagues.

The officers and staff are running the equivalent of nine marathons over 125 days in aid of the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

PC Hughes and her colleague PC Fiona Bone were murdered in Hattersley in Greater Manchester in 2012.

Organisers say today's event in Warrington shows how they're determined to make some good come from the tragedy.

Arrests over Macclesfield murder

Two men have been arrested by Cheshire Police investigating the murder of Zain Sailsman in Macclesfield.

A 24-year-old man was held on suspicion of murder and a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Both men are in police custody.

Police are still appealing to the public for help in tracing Zain?s movements in the final hours before his death.

The 19-year-old was found lying in the road in Bullocks Lane, Sutton, Macclesfield, with serious injuries on the evening of Wednesday 30 October 2013.

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Police appeal after scrambler bike death

15 year old Toby John Wright died following the crash Credit: Cheshire Police

Police are hoping to speak to anyone who saw a motorbike crash in Widnes which left a teenager dead.

Toby John Wright, who was 15, died on Saturday following the crash which involved two scrambler bikes.

A 22-year-old man was also injured.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash.

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