Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has announced his preferred candidate to take up the position of chief constable.

David Keane has chosen Darren Martland, the current acting deputy chief constable of Cheshire Police, and has been with Cheshire Constabulary since 2017 after extensive service at other North West forces.

The appointment panel was chaired by Mr Keane with support from key leaders across Cheshire who have professional knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice system.

Mr Keane said: “This has been a highly competitive process with applications from high quality candidates. I’d like to thank the appointment panel who provided me with their expert opinion and advice.

"I am pleased to announce that Darren Martland has been selected as the preferred candidate for chief constable.”

The appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing by the Cheshire police and crime panel who will review the proposed appointment at a confirmation hearing.

A date for this hearing will be confirmed by the panel.