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Police chief to take Police and Crime Commissioner to court

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset, Colin Port, is taking the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner to court.

It is thought he is taking the action at the High Court against Sue Mountstevens in a bid to keep his job, and that he has called for 6 months notice and an injunction to stop a replacement being appointed.

The Chief Constable announced that he would be standing down the day after the new PCC was elected.

After publicly announcing on November 22 that he intended to retire at the end of his fixed term appointment on January 26, 2013, we were surprised to receive a legal letter from Chief Constable Colin Port, on Friday December 21 requesting six months notice and an injunction blocking the interview process for a new Chief.

We believe his claims are unfounded and we will resist them.

– Office of Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner

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Low turnout shouldn't 'weaken' newly elected commissioners

Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said he did not believe the low turnout in the PCC elections weakened the authority of the commissioners.

The individuals have been properly elected in a democratic process and the issue of numbers is absolutely not one for chief constables," he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

What we will be looking forward to is working with these individuals to focus all our resources on keeping the citizens safe. It is as simple and as straightforward as that.

He admitted that it was "going to be quite interesting" to have ex-police officers of a lower rank in a position to hire and fire chief constables.

"I will watch that with interest," he added.

The commissioners faced a "big challenge", he warned.

Electoral Commission 'concern' over PCC turnout

Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson said the PCC dismal turnout was "a concern for everyone who cares about democracy" and said a "thorough review" would report its inquiry findings to Parliament early next year.

These were new elections taking place at an unfamiliar time of year, which is why we have made clear at every stage that it would be important to engage effectively with voters.

The Government took a number of decisions about how to run these elections that we did not agree with.

But what is important now is that the right lessons are learnt: we will talk to voters, candidates and returning officers to understand what worked and what didn't.

– Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson

Turnout concerns mar PCC elections

A post-mortem was under way today into the first elections for police commissioners in England and Wales after the poll was marred by a record-low turnout.

Only around one in seven bothered to go to the ballot box, forcing David Cameron and Conservative ministers to defend a flagship policing reform and deny the role lacked a popular mandate.

Ballot boxes for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner in Humberside are counted. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A detailed inquiry has been ordered by the Electoral Commission, the watchdog accusing the Government of failing to listen to its warnings about potential problems.

Independents were the big winners, a number of former senior police officers and an ex-judge among 12 non-party candidates chosen for the new £100,00-a-year jobs.

Another scored a surprise victory over Labour in the Bristol mayoral election.

The other Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) - which replace police authorities for all forces outside London - are either Conservative (16) or Labour (13).

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Independent becomes PCC in Avon & Somerset

Independent candidate Sue Mountstevens has become the first Avon and Somerset Spolice Commissioner.

For further reaction and analysis on this result visit ITV Westcountry.

Labour candidate Mark Burns-Williamson has won the PCC race in West Yorkshire.

For more on this result visit ITV Tyne Tees.

Independent becomes Kent Police & Crime Commissioner

An independent candidate has won the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election:

The Conservatives have claimed another victory - this time in Cheshire.

While Labour won Nottinghamshire:

Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire results declared

Independent candidate Alan Hardwick has been elected as the new PCC in Lincolnshire.

However it was a Conservative win in Northamptonshire, with Adam Simmonds being elected.

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