Police leader chosen on coin toss

The embattled body that represents rank-and-file police officers elected a new leader today - on a coin toss.

Steve White became chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales days after the organisation was left stunned by raft of shock changes announced by Home Secretary Theresa May.

A coin was used when votes were tied after 30 committee members had voted. Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset officer Mr White, who was previously vice-chairman, had luck on his side after the Federation's 30-strong joint central committee vote was tied between him and Metropolitan Police constable Will Riches.

A Police Federation spokeswoman said: "The vote for chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales was equally split. In accordance with the election rules, the chairman was elected on the toss of a coin."

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