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Kill the Bill: Somerset Police chief to quit after protest violence

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Bristol kill the bill protests descended into chaos (Picture: PA/Reuters)

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police will stand down from the role when his contract ends at the start of July.

Andy Marsh said it was the ‘right time’ to leave after more than 30 years of service in the force.

It follows criticism of how police handled recent ‘Kill the Bill’ protests in Bristol which descended into disorder.

Avon and Somerset Police also came under scrutiny over their handling over a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bristol last year, during which the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down.

Confirming his resignation Mr Marsh said: ‘To leave a force I first joined in 1987 has been a difficult decision to make, but I feel it is the right time for me to embark on a new challenge and for another person to take the helm and continue on the journey to make Avon and Somerset Police the outstanding force it deserves to be.

‘It’s been the honour of a lifetime to lead a force filled with officers, staff and volunteers who live and breathe our values of being a caring, courageous, inclusive and a learning-led organisation. I’m very proud of their achievements and the work they do every day to serve and protect the public.

‘Along with society, the world of policing has undergone a seismic shift since I joined in the late 1980s in terms of culture, attitude and professionalism, and from my role as NPCC lead for international policing, I know our model of policing remains very much the envy of the world.’

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