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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 June, 2004, 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
Police unveil new chief constable
Meredydd Hughes
Mr Hughes was in charge of policing the Commonwealth Games
South Yorkshire Police have appointed a new chief constable to replace retiring senior officer Mike Hedges.

Meredydd Hughes, who has been deputy chief of the force for the past two years, is due to take up his new post in September.

The South Yorkshire Police Authority said the 46-year-old, who is originally from South Wales, had an "excellent record" in his career.

Mr Hedges is stepping down after 37 years in the force and six at the top.

He helped computerise the fingerprint service and headed the region's terrorist response team following the attacks on the US on 11 September 2001.

Mr Hughes will step up to the top job after spells with the West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester forces, where he was in charge of policing the Commonwealth Games.

Councillor Jan Fiore, chair of the selection panel, said the authority was delighted to appoint him.

"We have every confidence that under his leadership the South Yorkshire Police will continue to improve the service it gives to local communities," she said.


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