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Avon & Somerset's PCC is 'as committed as ever'

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens at one of her weekly meetings in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner has told ITV News she remains as committed as ever to her job despite calls for her to quit.

Today marks the start of Sue Mountsevens' third year in office but the anniversary comes at a time when her chief constable is suspended and with an independent investigation into the conduct of some officers and staff underway.

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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.

Mayor to look again at cutting city’s PCSOs

It's hoped cutting PSCO funding will contribute to a saving of £540,000 next year Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Mayor of Bristol says he will look again at plans to cut funding to PCSOs.

Following a meeting with Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police andCrime Commissioner, he said:

"She has made a strong case today, which I shall carefully reflect on.

I am conscious though that Bristol City Council’s spending on PCSOs is completely out of kilter with other regional capital cities, with Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham, and Birmingham City Councils not funding any, and Sheffield currently funding just ten.

These other cities have their PCSOs paid for by the police, not the local authority.

Mr Fergusson suggested making the cuts in a bid to help save £35 million for Bristol City Council and £7 million for Avon and Somerset Police.

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.

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