Ex-Norfolk police chief 'misled public'

Former Norfolk police chief Andy Hayman faces disciplinary action for “misleading” senior officers and the public after an innocent man was shot dead by police, a report revealed today.

Former Norfolk police chief Andy Hayman faces disciplinary action for “misleading” senior officers and the public after an innocent man was shot dead by police, a report revealed today.

Mr Hayman, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, failed to tell his bosses the dead man was not one of four wanted suicide bombers.

Mr Hayman, who was chief constable of Norfolk Constabulary from December 2002 to February 2005, was criticised in the report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into the aftermath of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station on July 22, 2005.

The watchdog upheld complaints against Mr Hayman, the most senior UK police officer responsible for counter terrorism, and said his actions “cause us serious concern”.

When it was announced in 2005 that he was to move to London, Mr Hayman told the EDP: “I feel quite torn having got that great team and a great community to serve, and then going away from that back to London. But I have no control of when these opportunities come up; I have to look at it personally and professionally and with the international stage that job presents, I wanted to compete.

“It is a very high level of responsibility given what you are dealing with. I see that as a personal challenge, but I feel I have something to offer there.”

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