Breaking news: Shaun Wright is new Police commissioner

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Labour candidate Shaun Wright has been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in South Yorkshire, with 51.35% of first preference votes.

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

The turnout was 145,294 (14.53% of the electorate).

Mr Wright has previously held positions as Rawmarsh councillor in and more recently as Vice Chairman of the South Yorkshire Police Authority.

He said: “I will be a Police Commissioner for all South Yorkshire and I will always put the most vulnerable first; working to make South Yorkshire residents better off from the despair which crime creates.

“My approach to tackling crime will be straightforward: I will do everything I can to ensure we have a police service which is equipped to fight crime, with a focus on local neighbourhood policing by a force that looks like the community it serves.”

Following the announcement, Chief Constable David Crompton said: “The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner has a wide knowledge of contemporary policing and the criminal justice system. I look forward to working with him to continue to deliver effective and efficient policing for all the communities of South Yorkshire”.

During Shaun Wright’s election campaign, he outlined his vision and mission as:

Vision - To ensure that the people of South Yorkshire can live, work and learn in a place of safety and peace.

Mission - I will champion and press the community safety agenda hard in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield for and on behalf of all our communities.

He described his approach as being based on listening and understanding to the public’s issues, including:

• Feeling and being safer in homes and neighbourhoods

• Knowing that the police will respond quickly and professionally when they are needed

• Wanting swift justice if a crime is committed you want the culprits caught and dealt with appropriately.

Shaun described his priorities as further development of neighbourhood policing; making sure victims get a better deal and reviewing the Force’s focus on preventing crime and re-offending.

Ensuring better co-ordination, communication and partnership between agencies – to make the best use of resources

Respecting and valueing those who deliver community safety services and encouraging good community and industrial relations.