Police Commissioner elections

It's voting day in the elections for new Police Commissioners across the region. The number of people turning out to vote appears to be low.

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PCC election: Bedfordshire

BEDFORDSHIRE PCC ELECTION (Standings after first round of voting)

Olly Martins (Lab) 27,947 (34.03%)

Jas Parmar (C) 26,226 (31.93%)

Linda Jack (LD) 11,205 (13.64%)

Kevin Carroll (Brit Freedom) 8,675 (10.56%)

Mezanur Rashid (Ind) 8,076 (9.83%)

Eliminated: Kevin Carroll, Linda Jack, Mezanur Rashid

Electorate 462,823; Turnout 82,129 (17.75%)

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Police and Crime Commissioner election - Suffolk

Some have said it's the biggest change in police accountabilty for nearly 200 years as on Thursday we all get to vote for new Police and Crime Commissioners.

Each police force will get one and they'll set crime-fighting priorities and budgets against a background of police cuts. There are four candidates standing in Suffolk.

The county has one of the smaller forces with nearly 1,200 police officers. It has a higher crime rate than either Essex or Norfolk with 61 crimes per 1,000 population. The Constabulary costs £166 each for every man, woman and child in Suffolk.

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