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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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New commissioner: Tell me why Cumbria police chief is not at work

Cumbria's new police and crime commissioner says his first job is to find out why chief constable Stuart Hyde has been suspended for two months.

Conservative Richard Rhodes topped the poll in the election, which failed dismally to capture the imagination of the public.

Only 64,268 people voted, just one-in-six of the county’s electorate.

He said: “My first priority is to ask for the file to find out what the situation is with regard to the chief constable.”

Mr Rhodes added that he knew little of the case against Mr Hyde who was suspended in September over allegations of serious misconduct.

Addressing cheering supporters at the count in Kendal, Mr Rhodes said: “The people of Cumbria have bequeathed upon me a huge honour, obligation and responsibility, which I gladly accept and aspire to live up to their expectations.”

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