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Avon & Somerset's PCC to launch plan of action

Sue Mountstevens at her election as Police and Crime Commissioner for the Avon & Somerset force area Credit: Rod Minchin/PA Wire

Avon and Somerset's new Police and Crime Commissioner will launch her first plan of action for the year ahead today.

Sue Mountstevens will outline her priorities to the public and speak to people on the streets. Her plan will including new details on road safety.

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

Meeting the Chief

On his first day in office as Gloucestershire's Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, a former police officer himself, met the force's Acting Chief Constable Mick Matthews.

He is leaving shortly to take up a job with the MOD police in Cyprus, so one of Mr Surl's first jobs will be to appoint a new Chief Constable. In the meantime, Mick Matthews says the new PCC faces a challenging time.

New PCC hears from shoppers who want more police on the beat

Martin Surl has spent his first day as Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner. The former police officer stood as an independent candidate, and says that he wanted to spend his first day out meeting people, rather than in an office.

In Cheltenham he met police officers and shoppers who told him they wanted to see more police on the beat.


Police and Crime Commissioner elections round-up

It's being called Independence Day - with 3 out of 4 independent candidates winning the Police and Crime Commissioner votes in our region. Martin Surl, won in Gloucestershire. Dorset voted in former detective Martyn Underhill.

And in Avon and Somerset, it was victory for Sue Mountstevens. But in Wiltshire - the first county in the country to declare - the Conservative Angus Macpherson won. Here's Tanya Mercer.

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