On his first day in office as Gloucestershire's Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, a former police officer himself, met the force's Acting Chief Constable Mick Matthews.
He is leaving shortly to take up a job with the MOD police in Cyprus, so one of Mr Surl's first jobs will be to appoint a new Chief Constable. In the meantime, Mick Matthews says the new PCC faces a challenging time.
More top news
The first two days of the "proper" General Election campaign have seen visits to Wiltshire by David Cameron and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.
Statistics show month of March to be sunnier than average despite a very windy and wintry period of weather in last 24 hours.
As we leave winter behind and re-discover daffodils and longer days, we showcase your shots of West Country spring.