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Stephen Bett wins Norfolk police commissioner poll

Stephen Bett
Image caption Stephen Bett said his experience with the police would benefit the role

Independent candidate Stephen Bett has been elected Norfolk's first police and crime commissioner (PCC).

Mr Bett, a former Tory chairman of the Norfolk Police Authority, won after the first round saw him and Conservative candidate Jamie Athill as the two candidates with the most votes.

When the second preferences from the other candidates were counted Mr Bett had a majority of 3,378 over Mr Athill.

Turnout in the poll held on Thursday was 15%.

Five candidates were hoping to win the role to oversee policing in the county.

The winner was announced at the count at St Andrews Hall, Norwich.

The new PCCs, which are set to replace police authorities, will set spending plans and have the power to "hire and fire" chief constables.

The candidates for Norfolk were:

  • Jamie Athill - Conservative Party
  • Stephen Bett - Independent
  • James Joyce - Liberal Democrats
  • Steve Morphew - Labour Party
  • Matthew Smith - UKIP

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