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Sir Hugh Orde denies crisis as police chief urged to quit

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Former PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde has denied there is a crisis in policing after one of the UK's top police chiefs faced further calls to resign as he faces a criminal investigation over the surveillance of a sex offender.

Manchester MP Graham Stringer became the second local MP, after Rochdale's Simon Danczuk, to call for Sir Peter Fahy to be suspended from his role leading Greater Manchester Police while the inquiry continues.

Sir Peter is one of four serving chief constables out of 43 in England and Wales currently facing probes into claims of crimes or misconduct. Blackley and Broughton MP Mr Stringer said: "He should be suspended.

"I can think of no other profession that would allow someone to carry on when they are under that kind of investigation. It may well clear him, it may not, but he should not be doing his job while he's being investigated."

In a fifth case, the Independent Police Complaints Commission is yet to make a decision on a former RUC officer, West Yorkshire chief constable Mark Gilmore from Belfast, who was suspended in June amid an inquiry by the PSNI. But President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh insisted the cases show that complaints are investigated.

"It would be wrong to suggest that they are evidence of a crisis in police leadership. These cases demonstrate that our system is effective at investigating complaints and transparently holding police to account," he said.

The inquiry into Sir Peter is believed to be linked to allegations that GMP allowed a teenager to enter the home of a suspected paedophile which was under surveillance.

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