Slow turnout for Police and Crime Commissioner poll

DECISION DAY: A voter enters the polling station at the Swan Theatre in Worcester (46178604)

DECISION DAY: A voter enters the polling station at the Swan Theatre in Worcester (46178604) Buy this photo

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VOTERS trudged very slowly to the polls yesterday to elect West Mercia Police’s first police and crime commissioner.

Polling stations reported slow visits during the day, with expectations of a dismal turnout. Charlotte Smith, of Kingfisher Close, Worcester, went to cast her vote at St Peter’s Village Hall polling station during the afternoon.

“There were only a handful of people in there,” she said. “I thought it was a good idea to have my say.”

Conservative Adrian Blackshaw, Labour’s Simon Murphy and independent candidate Bill Longmore are all vying for the £75,000-a-year role.

The count is taking place at Shropshire Council today, from 10.30am, and the result will be announced on here somewhere around 1pm - 1.30pm (ish).

UPDATE 1.40pm: Still waiting...

Update 2.50pm: Voters in Worcester city choose Labour (here).

Update 3.30pm: Labour candidate first to be eliminated (here).

Update 4.30pm: And the winner is... (here)

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