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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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Avon and Somerset's first Police and Crime Commissioner promises to fight cuts

The Independent candidate, Sue Mountstevens, has just been appointed Avon and Somerset's first Police and Crime Commissioner. She told our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine that she would fight strenuously any cuts to policing.

She added that her priorities were tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary and violent offences, especially against women and girls.

PCC election result: from our Dorset Correspondent

In Dorset, there were just four candidates fighting for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner. The three main parties and an independent. It was won by the Independent and former Police Officer, Martyn Underhill with the Conservative second after second preferences were considered.

He became the first Independent to be elected to the role anywhere in the south west. Duncan Sleightholme reports.

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PCC election turn-out for Avon & Somerset

Avon and Somerset Police Authority has revealed the figures for the turn-out for last night's elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner.

They show a low turn-out in our region. The figures for Bristol are higher because the city was also taking part in mayoral elections.

  • Sedgemoor District Council 14.35%
  • Mendip District Council 18.53%
  • South Somerset District Council 19.24%
  • South Gloucestershire Council 16.3%
  • Bath & NE Som Council 15.95%
  • Taunton Deane Borough Council 18.13%
  • West Somerset District Council 16.91%
  • Bristol City Council 27.48%
  • North Somerset Council 16.01%

Independent lead in PCC elections in Avon & Somerset

The election for the new post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will go to a second count. The first count put the Independendent candidate ahead with the Conservatives in second place. The two others will now step aside for them to battle it out over voters' second choices.

  • Sue Mountstevens (Ind) - 83,985
  • Ken Maddock (Con) - 57,094
  • John Savage (Lab) - 49,989
  • Pete Levy (Lib Dem) - 43,446
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