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)