Mayor Andy Burnham told to RESIGN after Manchester police force put into special measures

Andy Burnham says Tory rebels ‘are right to take stance’

The Labour Mayor addressed reporters in Manchester after it was announced Mr Hopkins would stand down after the force was placed in special measures over its failure to record more than 80,000 crimes in the space of a year. Mr Burnham, however, was met with calls to resign after a “dreadful week for Greater Manchester Police”. One reporter told him: “It’s been a dreadful week for Greater Manchester Police, one in five crimes are being recorded, forces have been placed under special measures, the force computers crashed yet again, and now the Chief Constable has fallen on his sward.

“People in Manchester will be concerned, they’ll want to know why it is the Chief Constable that has gone and not you.”

Mr Burnham replied: “Because I do not run Greater Manchester Police. The Police operation is independent from politicians and rightly so.”

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) last week said it was “deeply troubled” by how cases handled by GMP were closed without proper investigation.

The watchdog also said the service from England’s second largest police force to victims of crime was a “serious cause of concern”.

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On Friday, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “These are challenging times for Greater Manchester Police.

“The force has a long-term strategic plan to address the issues raised by the HMIC and I believe this plan should be led by a chief constable who can oversee it from start to finish.

“Considering what is best for GMP and the communities we serve, and given my current ill health, I have decided to stand down from the post of chief constable with immediate effect.”

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