Andy Hayman

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Andy Hayman
Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary
In office
Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, Metropolitan police
In office
Personal details
Andrew Christopher Hayman

Essex, England
ProfessionPolice officer

Andrew Christopher "Andy" Hayman, CBE, QPM (born 1959) is a retired British police officer and author of The Terrorist Hunters. Hayman held the rank of Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary and Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations at London's Metropolitan Police, the highest-ranking officer responsible for counter-terrorism in the United Kingdom. Hayman was directly responsible for the investigation into the 7 July 2005 London bombings.[1] He has also spoken for the Association of Chief Police Officers, first on drugs policy,[2] and later on counter-terrorism.

Early career and personal life[edit]

Born in Essex in 1959,[3] Hayman is married and has two children.[1] He joined Essex Police from school[4] in 1978, rising to the rank of superintendent in 1995 and subsequently to chief superintendent in 1997.[1] In 1998, Hayman transferred to the Metropolitan Police and gained the rank of commander, taking charge of the force's drugs unit,[5] before moving on to head the Directorate of Professional Standards and to serve as an aide to the deputy commissioner.[1] From 1998 to 2005, Hayman was also the spokesman on drugs for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).[3]

In 2002, Hayman was appointed Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary,[1] a role in which he established the county's Major Investigation Unit, responsible for providing a quick response to serious crime in Norfolk.[6] While chief constable, Hayman was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours.[7]

Specialist Operations[edit]

Rejoining the Met in February 2005, Hayman left Norfolk to become the Metropolitan Police Service's Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations,[8] a role which placed him in overall charge of counter-terrorism operations conducted by the now defunct Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch.[1]

Six months after taking up the post as head of Specialist Operations, Hayman was the overall head of the investigation into the 7 July 2005 London bombings, the largest criminal investigation in British history.[9] In the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his handling of the investigation.[10][11]

Hayman resigned from the Service on 4 December 2007, following allegations about expense claims and alleged improper conduct with a female member of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and a female sergeant.[12][13][14]

Hayman, along with Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, was criticised by the press and the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the mistaken shooting dead of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Underground station on 22 July 2005.[15]

News of the World phone hacking affair[edit]

Hayman was in charge of the initial inquiry into phone hacking by the News of the World. In April 2010 The Guardian reported that he "subsequently left the police to work for News International as a columnist."[16] He has contributed to The Times,[17] owned by NI, and there has "written in defence of the police investigation and maintained there were 'perhaps a handful' of hacking victims."[18]

Hayman appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee on 12 July 2011 when he confirmed that he had received hospitality from people he was investigating in relation to a criminal offence, although he regarded this as normal and operational matters were not discussed.[19] During this hearing, Select Committee member Lorraine Fullbrook said that the public saw him as a "dodgy geezer" for the financial and sexual allegations surrounding his resignation from the police, for his "cosying up to the executives of News International" and for "the disaster" of his enquiry into the phone hacking scandal. Simon Hoggart wrote of Hayman's appearance that:

He must be given his own sitcom, a blend of Life on Mars and Minder, starring Hayman as Del Boy. [. . .] Put it this way: I wouldn't let him sell me a cheap Rolex, if I wanted to know the time.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cowan, Rosie (29 September 2005). "'The threat is real. London is an iconic site for another attack'". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  2. ^ Steele, John; Jones, George (23 January 2004). "Cloud of confusion over cannabis law". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b Steele, John (4 December 2007). "Andy Hayman profile". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  4. ^ Hayman, Andy (7 December 2009). "Would outsiders make better chief constables?". The Times. London: Times Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  5. ^ Bennetto, Jason (12 January 1999). "Treatment but no jail for first drug offence". The Independent. London: Independent News and Media. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Police unit to tackle major crimes". The Eastern Daily Press. Norwich: Archant Regional Ltd. 27 July 2004. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  7. ^ "No. 57315". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2004. p. 25.
  8. ^ "Few applicants for top police job". Eastern Daily Press. Norwich: Archant Regional Ltd. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  9. ^ Hayman, Andy (22 June 2009). "Andy Hayman: Ian Blair was a friend but he became distant and aloof". The Times. London: Times Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  10. ^ "No. 58014". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2006. p. 8.
  11. ^ "Anti-terror police chief who retired under a cloud is cleared over £15,000 expenses bill". The Daily Mail. London: Associated Newspapers Ltd. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Female official at centre of row which led to terror chief quitting is named". The Daily Mail. 7 December 2007.
  13. ^ O'Neill, Sean (5 December 2007). "Police anti-terrorism chief Andy Hayman quits as rumours and allegations grow". The Times. London.
  14. ^ Daily Telegraph, 25 July 2011, Phone hacking: Police chief Andy Hayman paid for champagne dinners with News of the World journalists
  15. ^ James Sturcke; Matthew Taylor (2 August 2007). "IPCC: who knew what and when". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  16. ^ The Guardian, Police 'ignored News of the World phone hacking evidence' 4 April 2010
  17. ^ Andy Hayman, The Times, 2 April 2010, Twelve good men no longer guarantee truth
  18. ^ Don Van Natta Jr., Jo Becker and Graham Bowley, "Tabloid Hack Attack on Royals, and Beyond,", The New York Times, 1 September 2010 (5 September 2010 p. MM30 of the Sunday Magazine). Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  19. ^ "Phone-hacking scandal: live coverage". The Guardian. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  20. ^ Simon Hoggart, "Andy Hayman stars at phone-hacking committee session", The Guardian, 12 July 2011. Accessed 14 July 2011. Italics and links added.

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