WHITBY’S police chief, who was due to leave his post in the town this month for a new role, is to stay in Whitby.
Inspector Mark Grange joined Whitby Police a year ago in January and was to transfer to Scarborough where he would have become detective inspector working in the Crime Directorate department.
He was due to be replaced by inspector Andy Colbourne from the force control room in York.
But Insp Grange will now stay in Whitby for at least another year and remain in his post fighting crime across Whitby and district.
He told the Whitby Gazette: “I was due to move on 21 March to take up the post of a detective inspector in Scarborough.
“This was part of a significant structure change taking place on this date throughout the whole of North Yorkshire.
“These changes involve staff being moved to new posts and the implementation of a new shift pattern county wide.
“However, as with all large changes, not all moves have been achieved and therefore the post I was to fill will not be available.
“I was informed on Tuesday last week by our Senior Leadership Team that I was no longer required to move and I was to remain as the inspector for Whitby.
“I am delighted with the news and I am committed to ensuring that Whitby continues to have a low crime rate and that residents and visitors have a safe place to live, work and visit.”