New chief inspector for the Ribble Valley

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A NEW Chief Inspector has taken over the policing at Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

Chief Insp. Julian Platt (38), takes over from Chief Insp. Damian Darcy, who will now take charge of operations support at Eastern Division.

Speaking about his new appointment, he said: “I am genuinely delighted to be back working in Eastern Division, but in particular to performing the role of Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Borough Commander.

“I have a strong association with this area having worked in Accrington as a PC, Sgt and Inspector. Eastern Division offers a wide variety of work and it’s good to be back working with the public, partners and officers across the two boroughs.

“I am looking forward to continuing reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour and whilst it is a challenging time for the police, we will be working closely with local communities and other agencies to make the area as safe as possible.”

Chief Insp. Platt has worked for Lancashire Constabulary for 18 years and has spent the majority of his career serving the communities of Accrington. He specialises in public order, search and neighbourhood policing.