Politics By Graham Sharpe

William Hill To Cop It?

IF THE HOTLY tipped and well backed Cressida Dick is confirmed as the next Metropolitan Police Commissioner later this week, bookmakers William Hill will face a hefty payout.

Hills have now closed their book with an announcement of the successor to Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe believed to be imminent.

'We have taken bets on sixteen contenders in total, but Cressida Dick was always a fancied contender and as soon as she was quoted at 5/1 in our opening list of odds she began to attract three figure bets, and soon shortened to become Even money favourite.We'll get out of jail if someone else wins, but we'll cop it to the tune of a four figure sum if Cressida gets the gig' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

WILLIAM HILL CLOSING ODDS FOR NEXT MET POLICE COMMISSIONER: Evens Cressida Dick; 9/4 Mark Rowley; 4/1 Sara Thornton; Steve Kavanagh; 9/1 Sir Charles Montgomery; 14/1 upwards others.

Further information.......Graham Sharpe, Media Relations Director, William Hill......0780 3233702