Implementing a minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks would dratically reduce the harm caused by alcohol abuse. That's the message from Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg.
He's written to the Government asking for a system to be put in place immediately. It's estimated the cost of alcohol fuelled crime in Devon and Cornwall costs £366 million pounds.
A swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will take place later. Sue Mountstevens will read an oath to publicly set out her commitment to tackling her new role.
A former Navy commander will oversee Devon and Cornwall's police force for the next four years.
Tony Hogg who used to run RNAS Culdrose was elected as the first police and crime commissioner for the force. The result was declared just after midnight following a marathon count of more than thirteen hours.
Mr. Hogg who stood for the Conservatives polled more than 69,000 votes compared to his nearest rival Devon county councillor Brian Greenslade who got more than 37,000.He stood as an Independent.Eight other candidates were eliminated in an earlier round.
Two of the ten candidates in the election for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall have lost their deposits because they didn't get enough votes.They are Independent candidate Graham Calderwood, a solicitor from Cornwall, and Plymouth businessman Tom MacPherson.
The votes for the original ten candidates for the Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner are now in and the two candidates going forward to the final count have been announced.
They are Conservative Tony Hogg a former commander at RNAS Culdrose and Devon county councillor Brian Greenslade who is standing as an Independent.
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.
The first count has finished at the Devon and Cornwall count for a police and crime commissioner. We are expecting to hear the first preferences shortly. The final declaration of the winner is now not expected until around 10 o clock tonight.
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.