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Hain lends support to police chief Orde amid 'love-child' controversy

Published 11/02/2007

The Northern Secretary Peter Hain has come out in support of Sir Hugh Orde, after it was revealed that the police chief fathered a secret love child.

The married PSNI Chief Constable has been unmasked as the father of a 16-month-old boy, whose mother is an undercover detective in the Metropolitan Police.

Sir Hugh, who has a 21-year-old son with his wife Kathleen, insists his family was aware of his baby son, and that the situation had not, and would not, affect his ability to do his job.

Peter Hain has been swift to jump to Sir Hugh's defence, saying neither the chief constable nor the Government will be deflected by what is a private matter from continuing to build on what he is achieving with the PSNI.

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