Voting has been taking place to elect Police and Crime Commissioners.
In Wiltshire Angus Macpherson will continue his role as PCC with almost twice as many votes as Labour's Kevin Small - his nearest challenger.
The Tory received almost half the votes with a total of sixty nine thousand first and second preferences.
He wants to continue working with other local organisations in the fight against crime.
Conservative candidate Anthony Stansfeld has been re-elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley.
The count went to a second round as no candidate received more than 50% of the first preference vote. After second preferences had been counted, Stansfeld won with 54% of the final votes.
Laetisia Carter was in second place with 46%.
Around 430,000 votes were cast in the election yesterday. The turnout was 25.6%.
“The turnout was much higher than 2012 when we first ran these elections, where it was just over 13 per cent - so we’re grateful to those who took the time to vote.”
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.
The count is underway in Abingdon for the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner election
The turnout was 25.6% (around 430,000 votes).
That's almost double the turnout last time which was only 13.3%.
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Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes will not be standing for re-election.
She announced the decision on her website today.
"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."
Do you think council tax should increase - or stay the same? That's what residents in Dorset are being asked by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.
It relates to the police precept- a percentage of Council Tax that funds policing in the area. The force say a rise would allow them to better protect vulnerable people.
Residents have just six days left to share their views. So far, over 2,500 people have taken part and Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, is urging more people to get involved in helping him decide which option to take.
Policing requires constant investment to allow officers to keep up with ever changing techniques being adopted by criminals. It is also important we balance the needs of the police service with the financial demands on families in Dorset. This small increase would enable the force to invest in three key areas which are of concern to many of us.”
If residents were to vote in favour of a rise, this would be invested in three key areas:
- Protecting vulnerable people (e.g. greater investment in protecting the elderly, in child sexual exploitation investigation and in combating domestic abuse)
- Emerging threats (e.g. improving capability in catching online cyber criminals)
- Increased public access to police (e.g. investment in the 101 service, increasing policing digital platforms and online access)
Dorset Police are urging residents to visit www.dorsetpoliceprecept.com to take part.