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Round-up of local election results in the south east

The cheers were ones of relief in councils in the south east overnight - in the local council elections. Relief that, despite predictions, Labour held control of councils in Crawley and Hastings.

And in Thurrock where just one vote stopped UKIP becoming the largest party on the council there.

With a round-up, here's Vanessa Edwards.


Police and Crime Commissioner elected for Dorset

Martyn Underhill has been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset Credit: Dorset PCC

Martyn Underhill has been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Election results in Dorset are as follows:

Candidate Party Votes

Patrick CANAVAN Labour and Co-operative Party 20,169 Andrew John Noble GRAHAM Conservative 44,548 Lester Geoffrey TAYLOR UK Independence Party 21,086 Martyn UNDERHILL Independent 66,660

There were a total of 9,477 rejected votes.

A total of 129,461 verified votes were cast giving an overall turnout of 22.54% per cent. In total, 45,347 postal votes were received.

Local elections: Success for Labour in Hastings

Labour have celebrated election success in Hastings. 17 of the council's 32 seats were up for grabs and the Conservatives were hoping to take some from Labour.

In the end they didn't, but they did hold on to the 3 they already held. Labour ended up with 14.

ITV Meridian spoke to Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Liam Atkins.


Man who murdered Georgina Edmonds applies for leave to appeal conviction

Georgina Edmonds was beaten with her marble rolling pin Credit: ITV Meridian

The man jailed for life for the brutal murder of Hampshire grandmother Georgina Edmonds has applied for leave to appeal against his conviction.

37 year old Matthew Hamlen from Bishopstoke was convicted after a second trial when new DNA evidence came to light.

The father of one tortured the pensioner for her bank details before hitting her over the head with a marble rolling pin at her country cottage in Brambridge in 2008.

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