Norfolk

Norwich residents go to the polls for council elections

Norwich residents have been voting in an election caused by the government withdrawing the city's unitary status.

City residents were voting for 13 councillors to bring the city council back up to 44 representatives.

The by-election is being held after the High Court decided councillors should have stood for election in May.

Norwich and Exeter were granted unitary status by the previous administration in February but this was cancelled by the new government in July.

Polls closed at 2200 BST.

When the coalition government abandoned plans for unitary status the High Court said in July that councillors should stand down and a new election had to be held.

The city of Exeter is holding elections for the same reason.

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