UK's most senior police officer retiring February

LONDON (AP) " Britain's most senior police officer has announced he'll retire in February, seven months before his contract expires.

Bernard Hogan-Howe's resignation comes amid suggestions of tensions with London Mayor Sadiq Khan " though the newly elected leader denied he was behind the decision. It also comes before the release of a report on police handling of historic child sex abuse claims.

Hogan-Howe says he'll remain in his post to offer time to find a successor.

The 58-year-old Metropolitan Police commissioner's achievements included a successful 2012 London Olympics and an 18-percent drop in London's crime rate.

But the latter part of his tenure has been dogged by controversy over Operation Midland, a two-year investigation into claims that VIPs were linked to pedophile rings. No one has been charged.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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