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Chief Constable 'let down colleagues and community'

Chief Constable Nick Gargan has "let down the colleagues he led and the communities he was there to protect", Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said.

Ms Mountstevens said: "As the chief constable, Nick Gargan should have led by example and demonstrated the highest levels of integrity, values and professional behaviour.

"Instead he has shown flawed judgment and been found guilty of eight counts of misconduct including two of discreditable conduct."

She said she believed he had "lost the confidence of local people, police officers and staff."

"I believe that there is now a detrimental impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of him leading Avon and Somerset Constabulary, which is why I have today initiated the process to require him to resign."

Resignation decision 'a huge disappointment'

It is a "huge disappointment" that Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Nick Gargan has been asked to resign after being found guilty of misconduct, the Chief Police Officers Staff Association has said.

A spokesman for CPOSA said Mr Gargan was "deeply sorry" and that his first priority on returning to the force would be to rebuild confidence in the force and in him as leader.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Gargan, the spokesman said: "After five months of investigation and a 15 month process, the panel made findings of "flawed judgement" and "ill-advised" behaviour

"Chief Constable Gargan is deeply sorry for these and is committed to learning from them.

“We note and respect the views of certain groups of current and retired staff. We share their regret that the good name of the constabulary has been tarnished.

"But the overwhelming majority of the rumours surrounding the chief constable have turned out not to be true; indeed none of the initial allegations that prompted his suspension led to a misconduct finding, let alone a finding of gross misconduct or criminal behaviour. He welcomes publication of the panel's report."


Decomposed body found on Blackpool beach

The body was found about two miles from Blackpool Tower. Credit: PA

Police are investigating after a decomposed torso was found on a beach in Blackpool.

Fisherman Michael Cartwright made the grim discovery near Bispham on Sunday morning.

He told the Blackpool Gazette: “It was like a torso. I am not sure if it was male or female. It was next to the sea wall."

Police confirmed a body was found on the beach but it was yet to be identified.

Three teens spoken to by police after alpacas attacked

Police released CCTV footage of the attack. Credit: Lancashire Police

Three teenagers have been spoken to by police after plastic chairs and a wooden bench were hurled at two alpacas at a nursing home.

Lancashire Police said the three youths, two aged 17 and one aged 16, came forward after CCTV footage of the attack in Haslingden was released earlier this week.

Police said the trio had been referred on to the Youth Offending Team following the incident at the Danesmoor Nursing Home.

The alpacas were not seriously hurt in the attack and have been given a clean bill of health by vets.

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