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Police commissioners election turnout 'catastrophic'

The low turnout for the first police and crime commissioners elections has been described as "catastrophic" by a former chief constable.

Peter Neyroud made the comments, as the Electoral Commission launched an inquiry into the way the elections were handled.

Numerous areas in England and Wales have confirmed turnouts ranging from 13-20%.

The policing minister Damian Green said the elections should be measured by what the police and crime commissioners achieve over the next few years, as our Home editor Mark Easton reports.

  • 16 Nov 2012