Crime Panel chairman hands over reins

Coun Ray Wootten.
Coun Ray Wootten.

Outgoing Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel chairman Coun Ray Wootten has handed over to a successor at the panel’s annual general meeting.

Interim chairman Norman Norris was elected at the meeting on Thursday and takes over the role after criticism from MPs over the panel’s response to the suspension of Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes in February.

During the meeting, panel members discussed a report by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick which showed that crime overall in the county had fallen by 14 per cent.

In a tribute to his predecessor, Mr Norris said: “Anybody who has the privilege of knowing Ray cannot fail to be impressed by his decency, honesty, courtesy and the dedication he applies to his duties in serving the community.

“I am very sorry that this panel will no longer have the benefit of his services as our chairman.”

A new chairman will be elected at the panel’s next meeting in September.