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A young mother has been left angry after Facebook have banned her from posting a photo to the social media site following the birth of her son who was born with a severe birth defect.

Heather Walker gave birth to her beautiful new born named Grayson James Walker lived for just eight hours after he was born on February 15th 2012, Grayson was born with a fatal condition called Anencephaly meaning he was born with parts of his brain and skull missing.

Mum Heather posted a photo to Facebook without his hat on which resulted in her being banned from Facebook and the photo removed.

Heather was left furious as she has seen videos of almost nude pictures and vile videos which Facebook fail to remove, However they removed her photo of her beautiful baby boy.

Heather was banned for 24 hours and has now took to Facebook to raise awareness of what has happened.

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  1. Paula Lightowler

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

    How dare Facebook do this when there are so many horrid photos which are allowed to be posted on here .

  2. Paula Lightowler

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:05 am

    How dare Facebook do this when there are so many horrid photos which are allowed to be posted on here .

  3. Alana Waters

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

    That is terrible and so wrong. I have seen things that are terrible and that id rather not see and have reported some things that haven’t been removed. Shame on Facebook and shame on any people that have reported the picture 🙁 xx

  4. Alana Waters

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

    That is terrible and so wrong. I have seen things that are terrible and that id rather not see and have reported some things that haven’t been removed. Shame on Facebook and shame on any people that have reported the picture 🙁 xx

  5. Catherine Dale

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Facebook allows beheading videos and stuff like that but take a picture off of someones beautiful baby think facebook got it all wrong

  6. Catherine Dale

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Facebook allows beheading videos and stuff like that but take a picture off of someones beautiful baby think facebook got it all wrong

  7. Amanda Irons

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

    This is so sad ;(

  8. Amanda Irons

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

    This is so sad ;(

  9. Leanne Robinson Graham

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

    That is disgusting!! Its a mother’s right to want to show off her child and fb is the modern way to do so. Who are these people to tarnish this little boys memory by being so bigoted??

  10. Leanne Robinson Graham

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

    That is disgusting!! Its a mother’s right to want to show off her child and fb is the modern way to do so. Who are these people to tarnish this little boys memory by being so bigoted??

  11. Joanna Adam

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Facebook is shit

  12. Joanna Adam

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Facebook is shit

  13. Graeme Thomson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

    But it’s ok to have videos of people being beheaded?…

  14. Graeme Thomson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

    But it’s ok to have videos of people being beheaded?…

  15. Holly Dolly Wilkinson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Mark Fuckerburg should be ashamed of himself. Cunt.

  16. Holly Dolly Wilkinson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Mark Fuckerburg should be ashamed of himself. Cunt.

  17. Janice Buckton

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I watched the video and it was so tasteful and beautiful. I think this should be allowed and how about get all the violence to animal and pics of weapons and lowlifes that post disgusting pics of facebook instead of targeting someone that wanted to share a bit of their life that so happy for a very short time. Shame on you facebook

  18. Janice Buckton

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I watched the video and it was so tasteful and beautiful. I think this should be allowed and how about get all the violence to animal and pics of weapons and lowlifes that post disgusting pics of facebook instead of targeting someone that wanted to share a bit of their life that so happy for a very short time. Shame on you facebook

  19. Zoey Cook

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Beautiful video of the 3 of them but so heartbreaking 🙁

  20. Zoey Cook

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Beautiful video of the 3 of them but so heartbreaking 🙁

  21. Tracey Davis

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Such a tragidy for this young mother to go through. She could have fallen apart but instead showed love to her newborn in his first and final moments. Well done her for her love and dignity and making every moment precious….Face book and the people slating her should be well ashamed of themselves….

  22. Tracey Davis

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Such a tragidy for this young mother to go through. She could have fallen apart but instead showed love to her newborn in his first and final moments. Well done her for her love and dignity and making every moment precious….Face book and the people slating her should be well ashamed of themselves….

  23. Yvonne Robertson Andersen Dewar

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I just watched the video I was so moved by it, but also felt the love this couple have for their beautiful baby boy and wanted to share this with everyone. It’s the most magical thing in the world to bring a child in to the world. My heart goes out to this couple, FB should be ashamed of themselves 🙁

  24. Yvonne Robertson Andersen Dewar

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I just watched the video I was so moved by it, but also felt the love this couple have for their beautiful baby boy and wanted to share this with everyone. It’s the most magical thing in the world to bring a child in to the world. My heart goes out to this couple, FB should be ashamed of themselves 🙁

  25. Wendy Midge MacPherson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

    FACEBOOK YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO MANKIND !!! WHAT SICK TWISTED PEOPLE YOU ARE, A LITTLE BABY WITH ANY KIND OF ABNORMALITY IS NORMAL AND ANY MOTHER OF A CHILD BORN WITH A DEFECT WOULD STILL WANT TO SHOW HIM OFF, HE IS HER CHILD FOR GODS SAKE, SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE LEFT FACEBOOK AND MARE MORE ARE FOLLOWING. GET A GRIP AND START DOING SOMETHING SENSIBLE AND DECENT JUST FOR ONCE !!! gET THE PORN AND VIOLENCE OFF OR IS THAT WHAT FB IS REALLY ABOUT ??? IS IT RUN BY A BUNCH OF SICK TWISTED PEOPLE WHO USE NORMAL STUFF AS A COVER UP AS TO WHAT YOU ARE REALLY ABOUT ????

  26. Vicky Piotrowski-Ochiela

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

    There’s a grieving page with photos of dead babies on it that’s not been closed, even with loads of vile comments complaining it remains. It’s how they cope, by sharing, this woman Should be able to share & anyone who doesn’t like it can just click ‘hide story’ or ‘block person’ simples! Why report her photo (because that’s how fb usually finds these pics) a so called Friend reporting it!

  27. Vicky Piotrowski-Ochiela

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:24 am

    There’s a grieving page with photos of dead babies on it that’s not been closed, even with loads of vile comments complaining it remains. It’s how they cope, by sharing, this woman Should be able to share & anyone who doesn’t like it can just click ‘hide story’ or ‘block person’ simples! Why report her photo (because that’s how fb usually finds these pics) a so called Friend reporting it!

  28. Laura Michelle Skeldon Gough

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:26 am

    facebook is god .. like it or dont they dont care …

  29. Laura Michelle Skeldon Gough

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:26 am

    facebook is god .. like it or dont they dont care …

  30. Sarah Prescott

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful video and a beautiful lil boy god bless you all ❤️ shame on you Facebook

  31. Sarah Prescott

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful video and a beautiful lil boy god bless you all ❤️ shame on you Facebook

  32. Emma Wheeler

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:29 am

    So so sad. Good one u mum. Do what’s right I would do the same. Such a nice song.

  33. Emma Wheeler

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:29 am

    So so sad. Good one u mum. Do what’s right I would do the same. Such a nice song.

  34. Sarah Mitchell

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Omg beautiful but heartbreaking how could anyone feel offended by watching this I feel greatful & privileged

  35. Sarah Mitchell

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Omg beautiful but heartbreaking how could anyone feel offended by watching this I feel greatful & privileged

  36. Lynne Tyler

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Shame in you Facebook! Beautiful baby boy and his mother should be proud to show him off x

  37. Lynne Tyler

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Shame in you Facebook! Beautiful baby boy and his mother should be proud to show him off x

  38. Gavin Drake

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Breaking News??
    Grayson was born on 15 February 2012, not 2014.

    Facebook apologised at the time, said that the photo did not breach its standards, said that the account was banned in error, re-instated the picture and restored the account.

    Do you not check anything you “report”?

  39. Gavin Drake

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Breaking News??
    Grayson was born on 15 February 2012, not 2014.

    Facebook apologised at the time, said that the photo did not breach its standards, said that the account was banned in error, re-instated the picture and restored the account.

    Do you not check anything you “report”?

  40. Dawn Stephenson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

    absolutely beautiful , I had twins born with the same condition,my little boy karl was the same and Kelly had spinabifda with hers ,you did grayson proud ,sleep tight little guy xx

  41. Dawn Stephenson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

    absolutely beautiful , I had twins born with the same condition,my little boy karl was the same and Kelly had spinabifda with hers ,you did grayson proud ,sleep tight little guy xx

  42. Tasha Shears

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    What a beautiful little boy!! Facebook needs to review it’s policies! God forbid anyone of the people who removed this ever have to go through anything as heartbreaking as this amazing family have gone through! Beautiful little boy xxxx

  43. Tasha Shears

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    What a beautiful little boy!! Facebook needs to review it’s policies! God forbid anyone of the people who removed this ever have to go through anything as heartbreaking as this amazing family have gone through! Beautiful little boy xxxx

  44. Laura Michelle Skeldon Gough

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I wad banned for 12 hours for replying to a troll ‘grow up and get a life’ but because also tagged their name.. I got banned for 12 hours… dont see me kicking up a fuss about it …. lets clarify too . when you get on facebook its only you cant update any posts or comment on any posts etc. not exactly banned is it really because can still go on and see what others have put up and read articles etc. … and seriously spare only 24 hours come on…. I wouldnt agree to a photo of a child in only a hat neither do you know how many peodos and trolls are on here. so easy for them click download too as not all things are private no more with all these so called updates and changes facebook keeps making. it was fine how it was years ago… fact is they just cant cope its too big … but seriously grow up complaining because got banned from facebook … its not because the photo got removed its because got banned for only 24 hours . they remove comments and posts all the time but you never noticed until got banned.

  45. Laura Michelle Skeldon Gough

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I wad banned for 12 hours for replying to a troll ‘grow up and get a life’ but because also tagged their name.. I got banned for 12 hours… dont see me kicking up a fuss about it …. lets clarify too . when you get on facebook its only you cant update any posts or comment on any posts etc. not exactly banned is it really because can still go on and see what others have put up and read articles etc. … and seriously spare only 24 hours come on…. I wouldnt agree to a photo of a child in only a hat neither do you know how many peodos and trolls are on here. so easy for them click download too as not all things are private no more with all these so called updates and changes facebook keeps making. it was fine how it was years ago… fact is they just cant cope its too big … but seriously grow up complaining because got banned from facebook … its not because the photo got removed its because got banned for only 24 hours . they remove comments and posts all the time but you never noticed until got banned.

  46. Jen Mcloughlin

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:33 am

    There shouldn’t of been an apology as it shouldn’t of happened in the first place!!

  47. Jen Mcloughlin

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:33 am

    There shouldn’t of been an apology as it shouldn’t of happened in the first place!!

  48. Julie Christine Gretton

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I just watched this video and it has moved me to tears whats so wrong with it when there is so much filth put on fb and they do nothing r.I.p little man xx

  49. Julie Christine Gretton

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I just watched this video and it has moved me to tears whats so wrong with it when there is so much filth put on fb and they do nothing r.I.p little man xx

  50. Louise Durand

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

    :,( soo sad

  51. Louise Durand

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

    :,( soo sad

  52. Amanda Shell

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

    this lady just wanted to share her story and her beautiful boy with the world! hang your head in shame facebook

  53. Betty Slowinska

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:38 am

    God bless! I am so so sorry for their loss!

  54. Jayne Muddybunny Walker

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:41 am

    read further up folks there was an apology and both the account and the photo reinstated while it not not excuse the “mistake” in the first place it would only of been looked at if other facebook users reported it in the first place 🙁 so sad that some one or my guess a number of people felt the need to add to this poor mother grief by putting her through this .. it is a social media site you are always going to see shit you don;t like that is why there is a block button or simply scroll past no one forces you to look at anything on her .. R.I.P little one and I hope you family can find the strength to get through the hard times ahead x x

  55. Karen Bradshaw

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

    that is disgusting, she just wanted to share her story, facebook at times you beggar belief, yet animal and child cruelty and beheadings are allowed, think the priorities are all wrong

  56. Billy Wright

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    how touching the video is lovely

  57. Simon Bickersteth

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    My heart goes out to this family, the video shouldn’t be banned, it is very beautiful and moving.

  58. Rachael Hall

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Omg so sad I’m crying my eyes out here but what a beautiful video x

  59. Sam Jane Evans

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

    What n were is the reason for anyone reporting this poor family’s loving n beautiful video of there little boys short but very sweet little life, it’s ok for some of the s**t people post on here!!! I’ve reported videos of dogs fighting kids been abused which do need reporting!!! F/B should have some kind of admin 24/7 to be watching everything that gets posted and decide if it’s ok to get posted!!! Only then nothing like this would happen again to people like this poor Mammy n Daddy who only wanted to share there baby’s short little life, RIP little Grayson fly with the angels baby boy

  60. Kim Hanratty

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

    heartbreaking…so wrong that it was even banned

  61. Hydra Suomi

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:54 am

    no matter when this happened.. still a loveful story.

  62. Clare Smith

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Sweet dreams little one xxx beautiful film thinking of u mummy, daddy and family at this very sad time xxx

  63. Becky Bunn

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Not the best video to watch when 23 weeks pregnant …crying buckets…. Such a lovely family, even if just for a few hours. X

  64. Janet Staunch

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Lovely video , and everyone makes mistakes x

  65. Dale Mitzi Blackman

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I watched the video, it’s so moving, heartbreaking and he was beautiful. My condolences to the Mother, Father and family. I don’t see why facebook took it off, overreaction I think.

  66. Ian Harland

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Disgusting, but they allow clips of people being beheaded still…

  67. Tracey Short

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Heartbreaking. R.i.p little angel xx

  68. Sarahjayne McCafferty

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I can’t believe I just read this??? Unbelievable, words fail me. My heart goes out to the family and baby Greyson xx

  69. Rachael Lloyd

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Yet again disgusting behaviour from Facebook heart goes out to the family xx

  70. Emma Yeomans

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

    It’s so sad

  71. Samantha Fuller

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

    My own son died of this condition I have seen worse videos and pictures on Facebook that I have reported that were not seen as inappropriate, RIP little one I know the heartbreak your mummy is going through xxxx

  72. Tom Noble

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Facebook should be bloody well ashamed of themselves……my heart is with this family in this difficult time.

  73. Kelly Mitchell

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

    it upset me when I saw the pictures…. sad thing is there’s so many things that get put on Facebook u really dnt now if it spam or not, so sad God bless u lil man x

  74. Carole Cathcart

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:24 am

    How sad for the family, and how proud they looked of their beautiful baby. It says so much about their love and strength and shows how shallow and without any moral compass the people who decided this video could not be shown Shame on you Facebook..

  75. Vicky Bain

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Heartbreaking x

  76. Leanne Gavin Warren

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:37 am

    How sad…. rip little man xx

  77. Kim Robinson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

    So sad love to you all xx

  78. Michelle Ringe

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

    A gift -taken too soon sorry for your loss xx

  79. Jill Wilton

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Rip little one xx

  80. Cynthia McCann Thomas

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

    So sad! Disgusted with Facebook!!! So sorry for your precious loss xx

  81. Natalie Wildman

    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Oh my so sad xxx

  82. Sarah Mabbott

    Mar 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Heartbreaking ! Rip little one xx

  83. Barbara Fryer

    Mar 6, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Heartbreaking our thoughts and prayers are with you R I P little one xx

  84. Louise Smith

    Mar 6, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Can’t believe u have been banned for posting a beautiful pic of ur son. Ur going thru enough pain and showing ppl a pic on Facebook how proud u are of ur son and reading lovely comments about him wil help with ur grieving face book are out of order!!! R.i.p little man.. Thoughts are with ur family x

  85. Ashley Skelton

    Mar 6, 2014 at 11:46 am

    This story is over 2 years old. It was 2012 not 2014 and Facebook apologised and retracted what they said x

  86. Jacqui Rodger

    Mar 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

    So sad x

  87. Leanne Houchen

    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Heartbreaking. R.i.p little Grayson.

  88. Babs Hambling

    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    On my lunchbreak and just watched this beautiful video through tears. So sorry for the loss of your gorgeous little boy with love to you and your family xxxxx

  89. Nik Henry

    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Can I say what AMAZING TRIBUTE TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL AMAZING LITTLE BOY , he was so lucky too have you as his mammy and his dad as his daddy , He will ALWAYS BE WITH YOU coz he was apart of you both . I understand both of your pain I was in your shoes , the pain is like your heart is been riped out of you , but with time it does get better , don’t rush . The last thing I want to say my heart is with you , and my thoughts R.I.P GRAYSON I’LL BE BACK TOGETHER ONE DAY <3 XxX

  90. Kerry Jones

    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Heartbreaking

  91. Michelle Fairbrother

    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Omg heart breaking its so sad watching the film R.I.P little one heart goes to family

  92. Christine Lang

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    God bless this little angel and the family heartbreaking X

  93. Maureen Standen

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    R.I.P little precious baby and thoughts with his family. Facebook are idiots.

  94. Gina Disney

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Rip little man, thoughts with the family xx

  95. Ann Laurie

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Heart breaking…I hope the couple go on to have a happy, healthy family x

  96. Laura Alison Holland

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Good for her to raise awareness. Keep it up. The world needs more like you. X

  97. Amanda Elms

    Mar 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    What a lovely way to remember your beautiful baby, this was so moving, made me smile and cry, your beautiful baby is now with the angels and will always be watching over you both xxx

  98. Donna Laws Caddick

    Mar 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I shared this was a very emotional video torn my heart in two god bless them all R.I.P little man xxxx

  99. Emma Nattrass

    Mar 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    So sad, Facebook owe an apology to this family x

  100. Donna Laws Caddick

    Mar 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Special story for a special little boy and there family it’s a gripping story from start to finish all I see is one brave family and there journey I sad and heart felt xx

  101. Janet Snow

    Mar 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    So very sad- but a beautiful memory, not that you will ever need to be reminded – gone but not forgotten! R.I.P. xxxx

  102. Tracey Funnybunny Wilson

    Mar 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    21 May 2012 – The social networking site offers a formal apology for temporarily banning a Tennessee mom for posting photos of her son born with a rare birth defect. This is from Huffington Post.

  103. Joanne Ripley Cullen

    Mar 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    R.I.P little man shame on you face book

  104. Judith Henman

    Mar 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Shockin

  105. Ste Rowe

    Mar 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    R.I.P little man drew a tear prays with the family

  106. Ally Bally Bee

    Mar 6, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Sleep safe little one.xxxx

  107. Pat Bennett

    Mar 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    bless! sleeping with the angels now xxxx

  108. Nicole Ellis

    Mar 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Just tried to watch the video without crying and failed. Facebook you should be ashamed!

  109. Ellen Taylor

    Mar 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    God bless xx

  110. Emma Feirn

    Mar 7, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Such a beautiful boy ❤️

  111. Lyn Hewling

    Mar 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Heartbreaking. ❤️

  112. Vicky Boddington

    Mar 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    How abs sad and awful wen they let so many bad and evil things be on facebook and stay on! Be ashamed of yourselves!! RIP beautiful baby boy xx

  113. Sarah Mitchell

    Mar 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Sarah Appleton Xx

  114. Sarah Appleton

    Mar 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Such a beautiful baby. Heartbreaking R.i.p little man x

  115. Sarah Appleton

    Mar 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Such a beautiful baby. Heartbreaking R.i.p little man x

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The College of Policing has appointed three new non-executive directors. They join the college as independent members of the college of policing’s board.

The new members who have been appointed are Clare Minchington, Ian Wylie and Jackie Smith.

All three members are independent which means they come from a non-policing background, to offer a fresh approach within the college.

Over the next few months, the College will be arranging some local force visits and meetings with national partners for Clare, Jackie and Ian as part of an induction programme introducing them to the police service.

They replace Sir Denis O’Connor and Professor Larry Sherman who stepped down in December 2017, and Millie Banerjee who was appointed the chair of the board in November 2017.

Millie Banerjee, Chair of the College of Policing, said:

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Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, CEO of the College of Policing, said:

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The Police Federation has announced the new national federation chair as John Apter, in a historic vote which allowed federation members to vote for their new chair for the first time.

John Apter has now been announced as the Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales.

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John started his career in policing in 1992, working in response, roads policing and as part of a specialist team investigating road deaths, before being voted in as Chair of Hampshire Police Federation in 2010.

The National Chair plays a key role in the organisation – ensuring members’ welfare and interests are voiced, acting as principal spokesperson and representing the organisation on a national level.

This was the first time members have been able to vote for their National Chair – a big step forward for the organisation.

John will take over from the current Chair Calum Macleod from Wednesday 1 August 2018.

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