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PSNI chief Hamilton to appear before Northern Ireland Affairs committee

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton is to appear in front of the Northern Ireland Affairs committee.

Northern Ireland's most senior police officer will appear before the committee on Wednesday, almost a week after it was revealed he is under investigation by the Police Ombudsman over allegations of misconduct.

During the session Mr Hamilton will also be questioned on the difficulties of policing without a devolved government in place. He has previously said not having political leadership in place puts an added pressure on the police force.

In a statement, the committee said: "The need for long-term planning comes at a crucial time, with competing Brexit scenarios creating a range of outcomes for Northern Ireland, most notably concerning the border.

"The committee will investigate what contingency plans PSNI have made, including how they plan to combat organised crime and smuggling. They will also examine the importance of cross-border co-operation on security, and the maintenance of UK access to the European Arrest Warrant.

"The Committee will also seek an update on key legacy issues including the funding and capacity to carry out investigations."

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