By Marcus Leach
After the phone-hacking scandal claimed its latest high-profile victim, Sir Paul Stephenson of the Met Police, both the Prime Minster and Mayor of London have expressed their feelings on the matter.
Sir Stephenson, the Met Police Commissioner, resigned on Sunday citing the fact he didn't want the scandal to tarnish his reputation, a move that was met with a degree of sadness from David Cameron and Boris Johnson.
“Sir Paul Stephenson has had a long and distinguished career in the police, and I would like to thank him for his service over many, many years," said Mr Cameron.
"Under his leadership the Metropolitan Police made good progress in fighting crime, continued its vital work in combating terrorism, and scored notable successes such as the policing of the Royal Wedding.
“While I know that today must be a very sad occasion for him, I respect and understand his decision to leave the Met, and I wish him well for the future.
“What matters most of all now is that the Metropolitan Police and the Metropolitan Police Authority do everything possible to ensure the investigations into phone hacking and alleged police corruption proceed with all speed, with full public confidence and with all the necessary leadership and resources to bring them to an effective conclusion.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was also sad to see Sir Stephenson tender his resignation.
“It is with great sadness and reluctance that I have accepted the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service," Mr Johnson said.
“I would like to stress that I have absolutely no reason to doubt the complete integrity of Sir Paul and I believe him to be a fine, passionate and committed public servant who has done a huge amount of good for our city.
“Sir Paul believes, however, that the phone hacking saga now threatens to become a serious distraction during the run up to the Olympic Games.
“He has persuaded me that someone else should now be allowed to take his work forward so that the focus can return to policing and bringing down crime.
“I should like to pay personal tribute to his outstanding leadership at the Metropolitan Police.
“He has helped to bring crime down by nine per cent in three years. He has put more officers on the beat, protected safer neighbourhood teams and increased patrols by a million a year on the streets of London.
“It is a mark of his work and determination that crime on public transport has fallen by 30 per cent and that the murder rate is now at its lowest since 1978.
“If there has been any wrongdoing by members of the Metropolitan Police it is vital that this should now be exposed and cleared up in the inquiries under way.
“But it is my strong belief that Sir Paul and the overwhelming majority of police officers have dedicated their careers to the public good and for that we owe him and them our thanks.”
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