Politics By Graham Sharpe

Who'll Be Next Met Police Top Cop?

BOOKMAKERS William Hill believe that the soon-to-retire Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, will be replaced as Commissioner of the Met Police by a woman – quoting three female candidates as the front runners.

William Hill have installed Lynne Owens, Director General of the National Crime Agency as 4/1 favourite, with Cressida Dick, a Director General at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office who served in the Met for over 30 years, at 5/1, and Sara Thornton, the first Head of the National Police Chiefs' Council, 6/1 third favourite. 'There are a number of very strongly qualified female candidates and we suspect the ultimate winer will come from that trio' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

The leading male contender with Hills is 8/1 chance, Mark Rowley, the Assistant Commissioner of Specialist Operations in the Met Police.

WILLIAM HILL.... NEXT APPOINTED MET POLICE COMMISSIONER.... 4/1 Lynne Owen; 5/1 Cressida Dick; 6/ Sara Thornton; 8/1 Mark Rowley; 10/1 Ian Hopkins; Stee Kavanagh; 12/1 Steve House; Dave Thompson; Sir John Murphy. Others on request.