FORMER Lancashire Police chief Sir Paul Stephenson has been appointed Metropolitan Police Commissioner – the country’s top copper.
Bacup-born Sir Paul, 55, who also had a stint as head of Accrington Police, takes over from Sir Ian Blair, who quit his post in October saying he did not have the support of London’s Mayor Boris Johnson.
Sir Paul said his priorities would include cutting crime and convincing all the communities of London that the Met was on their side.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said Sir Paul had stood out in an extremely strong field.
He was chosen for the £253,000-a-year post ahead of Sir Hugh Orde, the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland.