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4 March 1999 Edition

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Back issue: New RUC boss

On June 1st, 49-year-old Hugh Annesley, Assistant Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police in charge of specialist operations, will take up the job of Chief Constable of the RUC at a salary of £57,000 per year.

Annesley will replace Sir John Hermon, who retires in May after ten years which have seen the RUC take more responsibility for Britain's military war in Ireland, a corresponding rise in undercover and shoot-to-kill operations, and a level of criticism not seen since 1969/70.

Annesley was born in Dublin and his father comes from a prominent County Down landowning family much reviled by local nationalists. Annesley was educated at Blackrock in Dublin and began his career with the Metropolitan Police in 1958. He served in a variety of administration and managerial posts with several English police forces.

For the past two years he has headed New Scotland Yard's special operations section, a post which kept him in regular working contact with both the RUC and the Garda.

In 1979 Annesley attended a specialist training course at the Royal College of Defence Studies where he gained ``valuable'' counter-insurgency training.

An Phoblacht 2 March 1989.

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