CHESTER-born Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has quit his job.
The under-fire Scotland Yard chief has faced criticism over his handling of a racism dispute with his most senior Asian officer.
There have also been questions about his handling of events surrounding the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Sir Ian lived at Sandy Lane in Boughton, Chester until he was 18. His parents are buried in Christleton churchyard.
He attended Chester Cathedral Choir School before boarding at the Wrekin College in Shropshire. As a young man he worked on the docks at Port Sunlight and at Shotton Steelworks.
He also worked behind the scenes at the Gateway Theatre, working on scenery and helping with the lighting during the school holidays.
Last night, Sir Ian said London mayor Boris Johnson, who took over as chairman of the police authority on Wednesday, had told him he wanted a “change in leadership”.
Sir Ian said that “without the mayor's backing I do not think I can continue in the job”.