AN EVENT was hosted by Chester Asian Council in honour of the chief constable of Cheshire, Peter Fahy.
Mr Fahy is leaving Cheshire Constabulary to become chief constable of the Greater Manchester police. He was first expected to take up his new appointment in November but this has recently been brought forward to Monday, September 1.
Abdun Noor, chair of Chester Asian Council, thanked the chief constable for helping to bring “harmony and safety” to Cheshire.
Steve Collett, chief executive of the National Probation Service, praised the chief constable for his courage and intelligence and for never being afraid to speak out.
He added that Mr Fahy fully understood the power of the police as well as their accountability and their need to work in partnership with other organisations in order to deliver justice and safety.
Other speakers were Robin Norrie, chair of Chester in Partnership, and Asif Salam, secretary of Chester Asian Council. Abdun Noor and Elizabeth Bott, senior executive member of Chester Asian Council, presented the chief constable with a framed watercolour of a Chester scene.
Mr Fahy thanked everyone for attending, expressed his appreciation to Chester Asian Council for organising the event and said how much he had enjoyed working with them on a whole host of issues over the years. He said that their relationship had been based on “mutual trust and understanding”. He thanked them for the gift and said the picture would be well placed in his new office in Manchester.
Other people present at the event included: The Lord and Lady Mayoress of Chester, Cllr Brian Bailey and Mrs Bailey, Helen Bellairs, chief executive of the Western Cheshire PCT Ian Rushton, chief crown prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), councillors Razia Daniels, Mia Jones, David Mead and Mike Jones.
Musical entertainment of the evening was provided by Heather Lannin and Ruth Pollard.