Former UK police chief to run Westfield security

Global retail landlord Westfield has beefed up its security with the appointment of the former assistant commissioner of London's Metropolitan police, John Yates.

Global retail landlord Westfield has beefed up its security with the appointment of the former assistant commissioner of London's Metropolitan police, John Yates.

Westfield confirmed the appointment and the expectation is that he will move to Australia and take up the position in November.

Mr Yates resigned from Scotland Yard in July 2011 after being embroiled in the phone hacking scandal that engulfed Britain and led to the closure of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper.

He was criticised for failing to reopen a police inquiry into the extent of phone hacking at the newspaper in 2009.

At the time, he was dubbed "Yates of the Yard" by the British press following his involvement in cases with high media profiles.

An investigation by Britian's Independent Police Complaints Commission cleared Mr Yates of all allegations of misconduct or corruption.

After leaving the Met, he took a six-month position in Bahrain as an adviser to the government on police reform.

In January he moved to a senior role at the private security firm G3, part of the Good Governance Group, which was an adviser for the 2011 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

His appointment comes as Westfield raised $1.6 billion this week with the sale of a 90 per cent interest in seven malls in the US, which were considered non-core. Westfield is to use the funds for its global development pipeline as it looks to boost its presence in new markets.

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