Two of Norfolk’s top police officers are celebrating the arrival of a Christmas Day baby.

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New deputy chief constable Charlie Hall, and wife Jo Doyle, a superintendent at the force headquarters at Wymondham, were expecting their first child on January 2.

But little Oliver could not wait and arrived at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on December 25 at 4.25pm, weighing in at 7lb 8oz - more than 12 hours after his mum was admitted to hospital.

Mr Hall said: “He was a great little Christmas present.

“We had the painters leave on Christmas eve after decorating our new kitchen. I think Ollie could not wait to see it.”

The couple are from Wells, where Jo grew up. She has been in the police for 15 years, seven of them in Norfolk including a spell as inspector at Fakenham. She has also represented Great Britain at athletics - and trained with Sally Gunnell as a heptathlete.

Mr Hall, 44, whose parents now live at Cromer, has 20 years’ service, progressing through the ranks on a fast track career path - but a policing heritage going back five generations to the 1800s.

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