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18 July 2011

John Yates resigns

The assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has resigned.

By Samira Shackle

John Yates has resigned. The Metropolitan Police made the following statement:

Assistant Commissioner John Yates has this afternoon indicated his intention to resign to the chair of the MPA [Metropolitan police authority]. This has been accepted. AC Yates will make a statement later this afternoon.

This follows reports this morning that Yates was to be suspended pending an investigation into his handling of the phone-hacking crisis and his relationship with former News of the World executive Neil Wallis.

Yates, who told Sky News this morning: “I have done nothing wrong”, resigned before this suspension could take place.

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He will be replaced temporarily by Cressida Dick.