Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has put plans to appoint a deputy on hold after the Police and Crime Panel voted not to confirm her choice.

The PCC, Alison Hernandez, had requested that the panel approve her choice, Mark Kingscote, and after the panel rejected him on Friday (7/7) she said she would wait for it to appoint a new chief executive in August before making her next move.

Ms Hernandez said: “I am disappointed that the panel did not feel able to support my choice of deputy but I am willing to accept its recommendation.

“I will now spend some time contemplating my next move and will await the appointment of a new chief executive before making a decision.

“I would like to thank Mark Kingscote for being willing to consider taking on this challenge on behalf of the people of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and I believe he would have served the people of our counties and islands well.”

At the same meeting, the panel considered a proposal to remove Ms Hernandez from her role, following a vote of no-confidence from Plymouth City Council.

Panel chairman Roger Coad told the Packet: "A notice of motion was put to the Police and Crime Panel at its meeting last Friday and was roundly rejected by 11 votes to 2 with one abstention."