New Hampshire crime panel meets

Police outside student accommodation in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth on Friday Picture Ben Fishwick

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A FORMER senior policeman has been appointed chairman of the new Hampshire Police and Crime Panel.

Isle of Wight councillor David Stewart was elected at the first meeting of the panel, which will hold the new police and crime commissioner to account after their election in November.

The Police and Crime Panel comprises 15 councillors and two independent non-councillor co-opted members, to be selected.

Councillor Stewart said: ‘The panel is a central part of the policing reforms and it will act on behalf of residents across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to provide scrutiny for the new Police and Crime Commissioner who should ensure that police priorities are aligned with the concerns of the local neighbourhoods they serve.’