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Thursday, 23 August, 2001, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
Five apply to be Sussex chief
Paul Whitehouse
Mr Whitehouse resigned from the force in June
Five people have applied for the post of chief constable of Sussex Police following the resignation of Paul Whitehouse.

Mr Whitehouse handed in his notice in June after a call for his dismissal by Home Secretary David Blunkett.

It followed criticism of the force over the fatal shooting of a naked and unarmed man during a bungled drugs raid.

James Ashley, 39, was shot by a police marksman in front of his girlfriend at St Leonards in January 1998.

Most of the applicants have expressed an interest through e-mail

Sussex Police spokeswoman

Prosecutions were launched against five officers, including marksman PC Christopher Sherwood.

PC Sherwood was cleared of unlawful killing, and the other prosecutions were abandoned.

It also emerged that two officers involved in the raid had been awarded pay rises and promotions.

James Ashley
James Ashley: Shot at close range
Sussex Police Authority sent out a total of 16 application forms following Mr Whitehouse's resignation.

The deadline for applications for the 105,000-a-year post is this Friday and the force is expecting most applications to come from assistant chief constables and deputy chief constables.

Sussex Police spokeswoman Elaine Mitchell said: "Five people have applied so far but the deadline is not until tomorrow, so we won't be able to confirm final figures until Tuesday.

"There are only a number of people who can apply for this post as there are only 43 forces in the country.

"Most of the applicants have expressed an interest through e-mail."

Former chief constable Paul Whitehouse
"I'm sorry that the Home Secretary didn't have the courtesy to speak to me himself"
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