Chief constable to retire

Suffolk’s chief constable Simon Ash has announced that he will retire next year.

Mr Ash is eligible for retirement, having completed more than 30 years of service as a police officer.

He joined Suffolk Constabulary as chief constable in 2007.

Following his decision to retire, Mr Ash said: “My contract with Suffolk was due to come to an end earlier in the year but I decided to remain in post to oversee the transition to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“With the election behind us, it now seems an appropriate time to hand over to a new chief constable, who can take the constabulary forward with the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore.”

Mr Ash will be taking up a position as an independent member of the Parole Board when he leaves the constabulary in February.