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Bernard Hogan-Howe, the former Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, has been named as the new Metropolitan police commissioner.
Mr Hogan-Howe is currently the force's acting deputy; parachuted into the role after former commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and former assistant commissioner John Yates quit in quick succession.
Speaking outside Scotland Yard shortly after his appointment was announced, Mr Hogan Howe said he aimed to make "criminals fear the police".
Home Secretary Theresa May said: "I am delighted to announce Bernard Hogan-Howe as the new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
"As you would expect for such a prestigious position, we had an exceptional field of candidates, but Bernard Hogan-Howe impressed us all with his vision for the Metropolitan Police, his commitment to cutting crime and the important work he has done for the public.
"I made my recommendation following representations from the Metropolitan Police Authority and discussions with the mayor of London, Boris Johnson."