Sheffield & South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Labour candidate Shaun Wright elected police chief

Labour candidate Shaun Wright has been elected as the first police and crime commissioner in South Yorkshire with 51.35% of first preference votes.

The English Democrat candidate David Allen came in second with 22,608 votes, equating to 15.56% of the votes cast.

The turnout was 14.53% of the electorate. More than 4,000 voting papers were found to be spoilt in the counts.

One ballot box in Doncaster contained just five votes.

Counting took place after ballot boxes were delivered to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Barnsley Metrodome, Magna in Rotherham and Doncaster Dome.

The newly-elected PCC will replace the police authority and be tasked with holding the force to account.

The new commissioner will be responsible for setting spending plans and has the power to hire and fire chief constables.

Officers at South Yorkshire Police cover an area of 600 square miles (1,554 sq km), with some centres of population, including the city of Sheffield, and other areas of open countryside.

Priorities identified by the force include improving confidence and satisfaction, along with enhancing community safety.

Senior officers have identified the tackling of serious and organised crime, terrorism and extremism as priorities across the county.

Currently the force is led by Chief Constable David Crompton who has a deputy and two assistant chief constables, a director of finance and an assistant chief officer responsible for human resources.

Turnout does not include spoiled ballots

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