Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to retire as Metropolitan Police chief

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Britain's most senior police officer is to retire after five years as head of Scotland Yard.

The Metropolitan Police said Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will remain in his post until February 2017 to allow the Home Secretary and Mayor of London to appoint a successor.

The 58-year-old, who was appointed in September 2011, said: "It has been a great privilege to be the Met's Commissioner. I have loved my time in the role and I have loved being a police officer.

"It's the most rewarding of jobs to protect good people and lock up the bad guys."