New police chief appointed for Breckland

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A new police chief has been appointed for the Swaffham area.

Temporary Chf Insp Paul Wheatley has been named as the new policing commander for the Breckland district, replacing Chf Insp Ady Porter.

Mr Wheatley is a well-known figure in the district, having spent much of his 14-year career here.

His most recent role was as the head of a specialist unit tasked with reducing anti-social behaviour in the area.

Mr Wheatley said: “I have a passion and dedication for Breckland not only as police officer, but also as a resident raising a family in the district.

“I want everyone to feel safe and secure in the area that they live and I encourage residents to engage with their local officers, as we are always keen to develop our understanding of communities and to address any concerns people may have.

“I am relishing this new challenge and intend to continue the hard work of my predecessor in driving down crime and anti-social behaviour across Breckland.”

As first reported in Tuesday’s Lynn News, Mr Porter has taken up a new post with the Norfolk force.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Breckland and I am incredibly proud of the hard working officers there who are committed to delivering a first class service to the public.

“I have every confidence that Temporary Chief Inspector Wheatley will fit in very well and I wish him all the best in his new role.”