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PSNI chief Hamilton: 'The last time I made an arrest? It must be nearly 10 years ago'

By Rebecca Black

The last arrest made by Chief Constable George Hamilton was almost 10 years ago, he has revealed.

This was one of his final years in Northern Ireland before making the transition to a senior management role, when he moved to Strathclyde Police to serve as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2009.

He said the last time he made an arrest was in 2008.

Mr Hamilton described the circumstances of his last arrest during street disorder at an interface in east Belfast.

However, he declined to describe any more about the circumstances of the arrest or specifically for what offence it was for.

There was an incident of serious rioting in east Belfast in 2009 at the interface between the Short Strand and the Newtownards Road after republicans held a rally to mark the closure of Mountpottinger police station. Police and passing motorists came under attack from rival crowds with bottles and stones and missiles at the junction of the Albertbridge and Castlereagh Roads.

Mr Hamilton served in Strathclyde for two years before returning to the PSNI in 2011 as Assistant Chief Constable, and then succeeding Matt Baggott to the top job in 2014.

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