Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner elected

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CLIVE Grunshaw has been elected as Lancashire first Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Wyre councillor, who stood as Labour’s candidate in yesterday’s election, was announced as the winner just after 3pm today.

Mr Grunshaw was elected after going head-to-head with Fylde councillor Tim Ashton after no candidate secured over 50 per cent of the public vote during the first round of voting.

Just 15.5 per cent of the population turned out to vote across Lancashire.

Locally, Mr Ashton claimed victories in both Fylde and Wyre but Mr Grunshaw took Blackpool.

As the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mr Grunshaw will be accountable for how crime in Lancashire is tackled.

PCCs will be able to set priorities for the police force within their area, set the budget and local precept and hold the chief constable to account for how the force performs.