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Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner will not stand for re-election

Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes will not be standing for re-election.

She announced the decision on her website today.

Anne Barnes won't stand for re-election Credit: ITV News

"As election day approaches for the next PCC I have decided that I will not be a candidate. Fifteen years – including, since 2012, service in this intense and all-consuming role – is probably long enough, and I am content that I have delivered what I said I would and Kent Police is in a very strong and sustainable position for the future. To those putting themselves forward for election in May I give you this advice. Be prepared to work around the clock. This is not a part-time position. It is an all-consuming role that requires and deserves that attention. Listen to the public. They elect us into post, and ultimately they know best about what they want and the service they receive.

Support the officers and staff delivering the service. They are incredible people doing an amazing job. When you have to challenge, remember that mistakes can happen and look at the intentions as well as the actions of those involved. Put the people of Kent first, not Westminster, not a political party, not yourself."

– Ann Barnes

More questions for Ann Barnes after car crash

Ann Barnes faces questions over car crash Credit: Gareth Fuller/Press Association

An inquiry into whether Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner was properly insured when she had a car crash, is also investigating whether an officer was obstructed when making initial inquiries.

Ann Barnes was involved in a collision in Princes Road, Dartford, on September 16. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is probing whether she committed a criminal offence by not having proper insurance to cover business use of her own car.

In an update, investigators said they are examining whether a police officer was "obstructed in the execution of their duty" when initial inquiries into her insurance cover were being made by Kent Police.

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Kent Crime Commissioner says sorry for 'train crash' documentary

No resignation. But an apology - and a promise to rethink the way she engages with the public, the police and the media.

Those were the pledges made by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes today after two hours of tough questioning by the committee that oversees her work.

She was grilled about her decision to allow a fly-on-the-wall TV documentary - that was said to make the police look a 'laughing stock'.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Kent Policing and Crime Comissioner Ann Barnes; showed footage of the Channel 4 documentary; heard from Mark Reckless MP for Rochester and Strood; Gordon Cowan, Leader of the Labour Group; and Mike Hill, Chair of the Police and Crime Panel.

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Ann Barnes says she will continue to do her job

Ann Barnes to be questioned about her conduct

Ann Barnes will be forced to answer questions about her conduct Credit: ITV News

Kent crime commissioner Ann Barnes will be forced to answer questions about her conduct this morning.

The Kent and Medway Crime Panel will be asking about her decision to take part in a television documentary that's been described as a 'car crash'.

A scandal involving the second Youth commissioner she hired also emerged yesterday.

Read all about why the Youth Crime Commissioner, Kerry Boyd, has been temporarily suspended.

VIDEO: Statement from Ann Barnes on Kent's Youth Commissioner

A youth crime tsar has been temporarily suspended from duty following allegations she had a relationship with a married former councillor.

Kerry Boyd became the Kent youth crime commissioner in March after her predecessor Paris Brown, then 17, resigned over offensive comments she made on Twitter.

The 20-year-old former London 2012 torchbearer is reported to have had a close friendship with former Kent county councillor Robert Burgess.

A short time ago Kent Police and Crime Commission Ann Barnes said that she was "supporting Kerry at this difficult time".

Ms Barnes is under pressure after she appeared on a documentary last week.

Thousands of people took to Twitter to question her performance in the PCC role.

Youth Crime Commissioner off duty while under investigation

Kent's youth crime tsar, Kerry Boyd, has been temporarily suspended following allegations she had a close relationship with married former Kent county councillor Robert Burgess.

Electrical engineer Mr Burgess told the Sun newspaper: "I have been very close with Kerry. She is quite upset by all the allegations. I am devastated. I care for her a lot."

We are concerned that Kerry did not feel able to disclose the full extent of her personal circumstances earlier but as further enquiries are taking place it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

– Spokesperson for Ann Barnes, Kent PCC

The news is the latest controversy to hit Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, who was accused last week of damaging the reputation of Kent Police force in the Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary "Meet The Commissioner."

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