A new deputy police crime commissioner who is looking forward to ‘cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour’ is set to be appointed.

Andy Pratt has been announced as the preferred candidate for the role of deputy PCC by newly elected commissioner for Lancashire, Andrew Snowden.

Pending a confirmation hearing at Lancashire’s police and crime panel, Mr Pratt will take up his role in the Summer.

Mr Pratt said: “I am delighted to be Andrew’s preferred candidate for the post of deputy PCC.

“Following a career devoted to service in Lancashire, it is an honour to be asked to take on this role and I am really looking forward to getting started.”

As deputy, Mr Pratt will work alongside Mr Snowden with a particular focus on criminal justice, victims’ services, community engagement and supporting Andrew in policy development on his number one priority – to lead the fight against crime in Lancashire.

He said: “I am fully behind Andrew’s approach to tackling the issues that matter most to the people of Lancashire by working alongside Lancashire Constabulary and other organisations and groups to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour, prevent re-offending and build strong links with local communities.

“As deputy I will work tirelessly to support Andrew as the PCC and I look forward to working together to make a positive difference in making Lancashire safer.”

His appointment, once confirmed, follows a distinguished career in policing where Mr Pratt worked through the ranks from police constable up to superintendent.

He retired from policing in 2010 and has focused on a range of voluntary roles.

Mr Snowden said: “I am delighted to announce Andy as my choice for deputy. I cannot think of anyone more suited to supporting me over the coming years as we set out our plans to focus on cracking down on criminals, supporting victims, recruiting more police officers and ensuring all areas of Lancashire have access to the police when they need them”.

“His policing background and extensive voluntary work across Lancashire, mean he will hit the ground running.”