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Wiltshire first to announce new Police & Crime Commissioner

Wiltshire has become the first force in the country to announce their new Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Conservative Angus Macpherson was elected.

Wiltshire was the only county to count and declare the election overnight. Avon & Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset forces are counting today.

Mr Macpherson, who has served as a councillor, won the first round of voting with 28,558 votes but it was not enough to secure selection and the count went to a second round.

In the second round of voting, Mr Macpherson won 35,319 votes ahead of Labour's Clare Moody, who obtained 21,157 votes.

Turnout was lower than expected though, with just 15 per cent of the electorate voting. Votes entered for Gloucestershire and Avon and Somerset will be counted later today.


Bristol prepares for biggest election count

A practice run has been held for the biggest election count ever to be undertaken in Bristol. The city goes to the polls next month to vote for the new positions of mayor of Bristol and police commissioner for the Avon and Somerset force.

Two thousand people will be working on the day to make sure the count goes smoothly. Today election officials gathered at the University of the West of England to test out counting and verification systems.