Former TV news man Alan Hardwick elected as Lincolnshire's PCC

Alan Hardwick Alan Hardwick said his aim was to bring "openness and transparency" to the force

Independent candidate Alan Hardwick has been chosen as Lincolnshire's first police and crime commissioner (PCC).

He beat David Bowles, of the Campaign to Stop Politicians Running Policing, after counting went to second preference votes.

The other candidates were Tory Richard Davies and Labour's Paul Gleeson.

Mr Hardwick, who presented news programme Calendar on Yorkshire Television, will set priorities for the force and oversee its budget.

He said: "I'm particularly thrilled that the people of Lincolnshire have been able to send a message to the government that they don't think this role should be politicised.

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I'm an independent and I don't have any political masters”

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"I'm an independent and I don't have any political masters.

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"My only concern is for the welfare, the safety and security of the people of Lincolnshire and nothing will get in the way of that," he said.

Mr Hardwick, who has spent the last four years working for the Lincolnshire Police Authority, said his first job was to meet with Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

His priorities include putting pressure on the government to reinstate the rural policing grant in the county, which he said was worth £1.8m per year, or 42 police officers.

"It's about time we started to redress the balance," he said.

"I'm confident that I can use this new role to persuade the government to look at Lincolnshire's case again.

"This has become personal now," he added.

Mr Hardwick said he also planned to tackle anti-social behaviour and focus on rural and local crime.

Lincolnshire Police employs about 1,200 officers and has an additional 430 police staff. It is one of the lowest funded forces in the country.

Lincolnshire: Alan Hardwick (Independent) elected

TURNOUT DOES NOT INCLUDE SPOILED BALLOT PAPERS

Turnout: 83,736 (15.3%)

Second round

Candidate

Party

Final total

%

Status

Alan Hardwick

Independent

39,221

52.8

Elected

David Bowles

Campaign to Stop Politicians Running Policing

35,086

47.2

First round

Candidate

Party

1st pref

%

2nd pref

David Bowles

Campaign to Stop Politicians Running Policing

27,345

32.7

7,741

Alan Hardwick

Independent

26,272

31.4

12,949

Richard Davies

Conservative

19,872

23.7

Paul Gleeson

Labour

10,247

12.2

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