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West Midlands police and crime commissioner results


Bob Jones from the Labour Party has been elected police and crime commissioner for the West Midlands.

Find out more about each of these candidates below.

image captionMatt Bennett was elected after four primary elections across the area

Former Birmingham city councillor Matt Bennett served the Stockland Green ward from 2008 until May, when he lost his seat in the local elections.

Mr Bennett, who served as cabinet member for children's and social services, said he had spent his career in public and voluntary sector management.

He has called for a "zero tolerance approach to crime" and said he wanted to see more resources go into dealing with "anti-social behaviour hotspots".

He was elected after a series of four primary elections across the area.

image captionBill Etheridge was a salesman selling steel for 20 years

Showroom manager Bill Etheridge works at home improvement shop Changing Rooms in Upper Gornal after previously acting as a salesman selling steel to companies for 20 years.

He is the Black Country co-ordinator of the Campaign Against Political Correctness and The Freedom Association, a pressure group which says it is "dedicated to fighting for individual liberty and freedom of expression".

Mr Etheridge said he wanted to work on the possibility of restructuring the rota system "to provide more visible policing" and intended to undertake a "major review" of the amount of paperwork processed by officers and other staff.

He said he was "totally and utterly against any form of privatisation of the frontline police service".

image captionCath Hannon worked as a West Midlands Police officer for 30 years

Former West Midlands Police detective superintendent Cath Hannon now sits as a trustee for the locally-based Rape and Sexual Violence Project.

She said she started on the beat in the Handsworth area and later worked her way across the West Midlands as a police officer for 30 years.

She has a masters degree in clinical criminology and is currently studying for a professional doctorate in policing, security and community safety.

Ms Hannon has pledged to review the criminal justice system to ensure "victims and witnesses are at the heart of the process, every time" and tackle violent crime.

image captionBob Jones has served as a Wolverhampton city councillor since 1980

Wolverhampton city councillor Bob Jones has served the Blakenhall Ward since 1980 and said he had campaigned against crime and anti-social behaviour throughout his political career.

He has also sat on the West Midlands Police Authority since 1985, including acting as its chairman, and also on the National Association of Police Authorities.

In 2010 he was awarded a CBE for services to policing.

Mr Jones has pledged to introduce community-led local policing boards and said he would use the role to "highlight the appalling financial settlement" the police force has received from the government.

image captionMr Khan said consultation should help form policies

Barrister and Birmingham city councillor Ayoub Khan grew up in the Aston area.

He said he became involved in programmes to fight crime and local policing matters as a councillor after witnessing a man being shot by two masked men yards from his home 10 years ago.

His said his "watchwords for effective policing" were Prevent, Protect and Reassure and believed policies and decisions of a commissioner should be driven by consultation and "not political dogma".

Meeting residents and hearing their concerns was also important as well as engaging with frontline officers.

image captionMike Rumble is a former detective and businessman from Stourbridge

Mike Rumble, a former detective from Stourbridge, joined West Midlands Police as a cadet in 1974 and was taken on as a constable two years later at Brierley Hill police station.

During his time at the force he has been a detective, community beat officer, a dog handler and helped prepare court files.

Since leaving the force, he has retrained as a defence advocate and set up his own business providing agency staff to solicitors' firms.

Mr Rumble said he believed police community support officers (PCSOs) should be able to arrest criminals and he has said he is against plans for parts of the West Midlands force's services to be tendered out to private companies.

image captionBishop Webley has been chair of West Midlands Police Authority

Senior pastor and District Bishop of the New Testament Church of God in Handsworth, Birmingham, Dr Derek Webley said he would step down in October as chair of West Midlands Police Authority to stand as a candidate.

In 2007 Bishop Webley was awarded the MBE for his services and commitment to community relations in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Bishop Webley has been involved in other West Midlands organisations, including acting as chair of the Council of Black-Led Churches, Birmingham, and chair of The Drum, an African, Caribbean and Asian arts centre.

Asked if he could offer anything new, Bishop Webley said: "In terms of focus and clarity, yes I can offer that... I cannot talk about future in terms of policy because as chair of the authority I feel it would not be the appropriate thing to do."