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Police Commissioner announces favourite to replace disgraced Gargan

Nick Gargan resigned over charges of misconduct. Credit: PA / Andrew Parsons

Avon and Somerset Police could soon be getting its replacement for disgraced former Chief Constable Nick Gargan, who resigned over charges of misconduct.

Hampshire Chief Constable Andy Marsh has been announced as the preferred candidate by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, who described him as a "highly experienced" officer with experience in the South West.

“It’s no secret that there are tough times ahead for policing with continuing budget pressures combined with a changing landscape and new demands. I’m confident that Andy is the person to lead Avon and Somerset and work with me to build safer, stronger communities and ensure the people of Avon and Somerset have the very best police service.

“I would like to thank Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan for acting up during this time.”

– Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

Chief Constable Marsh was assessed against four other candidates over two days.

His appointment still has to be confirmed by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel, which will meet to discuss it on Monday 14th December, at Weston-super-Mare Town Hall.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said he was 'thrilled to be the preferred candidate'. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

“I’m thrilled to be the preferred candidate for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, a police force I joined in 1987 for which I was proud to serve and gain valuable policing experience in a range of different roles. “Avon and Somerset is a good police force, I will work tirelessly with officers, staff and volunteers of the Constabulary to deliver excellent policing services to the communities within which my family and I live.”

– Chief Constable Andy Marsh