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Candidates on the campaign trail in Humberside

Candidates hoping to be elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the Humberside force are entering their final week of campaigining. Some of the seven candidates who are standing were invited to a hustings event at Wilberforce College in Hull.

The debate was organised by the Vice-Principal Rhys Davies. He says the young people there were interested to listen to the debate and learn more about those wishing to take on the job.

The audience, made up of dozens of sixth form students, asked a range of questions to find out what priorities the candidates would focus on if elected:

Whichever candidate is elected will be responsible for representing the views of around 900,000 people who live in east Yorkshire, northern Lincolnshire and the city of Kingston-upon-Hull. It is an area which includes rural communities and a large stretch of coast as well as the urban centres of Grimsby, Goole and Scunthorpe.

Pam Drakes lives in one part of Scunthorpe where she says the streets were a virtual no-go zone several years ago. After suffering in silence she eventually stood up to the people who were making their lives a misery and went to the police:

Pam got together with others who live nearby and set up a neighbourhood watch project which is still active today. She and her neighbours know what priorities they want the new Police and Crime Commissioner to focus on:

They will soon know who has won the race to be the first Police and Crime Commissioner, the job with the £70,000 salary and the power to hire or fire the area's Chief Constable.

The election comes at a time when the force's £173m budget is under more pressure than ever with cuts of around 20% leading to the loss of 440 police officers and 260 support staff by 2015.

For Pam and those who live near her in Scunthorpe, finding the right person for the job is vital.

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