1. Hayel Wartemberg

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."