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Sussex Police welcome new Deputy Chief Constable

As Deputy Chief Constable she will replace Bernie O’Reilly, who is joining the College of Policing.



Jo Shiner is to become the new Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police.

She is currently an Assistant Chief Constable responsible for local policing and partnerships in Kent Police.

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As Deputy Chief Constable she will replace Bernie O’Reilly, who is joining the College of Policing.

Jo said: “I am delighted and humbled to be offered the position, and I look forward to working with everyone.”

In her four years with Kent Police, Jo was responsible for the Central Operations Directorate before heading up the Local Policing Command. She has been a tactical and strategic firearms and critical incident commander for nearly 15 years.

Chief Constable Giles York said:

“Jo will be a real asset to the force, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of local policing at a time when we are strengthening our teams and transforming policing.

“She has held a wide range of operational and organisational roles, and I welcome the skills that she will bring to Sussex to ensure we are well placed to meet future policing needs.”

Jo started her policing career in Norfolk Constabulary in 1993 and during her service has held a variety of roles including local policing, CID, public protection, corporate development and specialist operations.

She is passionate about her charitable work. A keen runner, Jo enjoys raising money for charity through sporting events, and she is currently a Trustee of Kent Search & Rescue Board and Embrace CVOC, a national charity focused on supporting child victims of crime.


The Cowdray Arms is back!

The anticipated re-launch following a huge refit has finally completed and it looks amazing.



Only two weeks ago we did a story on how the Cowdray Arms had been bought and leased by new owners. You can read that story here.

Now after many weeks renovations, a new concept, a new Michelin Star chef and staff eager to show off their stunning venue it has finally opened.

We took a glimpse inside to share the wonderful new look and feel.

A brand new dining room with stunning fire place.
Spaces transformed to accommodate more guests.
A high class feel in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Beautiful touches of design incorporated throughout with lighting to match.
Maintaining the traditional feel of the pub.
Introducing a new range of gins for guests to try.
The traditional pub feel has not been lost.
Refreshed yet stylish design throughout.
The ‘iconic’ branding is back.

It is a fantastic transformation, but the venue is only one part for the new menu and with a Michelin Star chef overseeing the kitchen the class of cooking is way above any ‘pub chain’ across the town.

With an enlarged garden area now finished and even boutique rooms soon to be available, the Cowdray Arms is certainly back

You can find out more information by contacting the Cowdray Arms on 01444 811 280

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