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VOTERS will be heading to the polls next week to vote for South Yorkshire’s first ever Police and Crime Commissioner.

The PCCs, as they will be known, will be tasked with scrutinising their force and holding it to account. They will also be able to hire and dismiss the chief constable and set the force’s budget.

The elections on November 15 are countywide and there will be a total of 41 PCCs elected across England.

The five candidates in the running in South Yorkshire are: English Democrat Dave Allen, UKIP’s Jonathan Arnott, Liberal Democrat Robert Teal, Conservative Nigel Bonson and Labour hopeful Shaun Wright.

Polling stations across Doncaster will open at 7am and close at 10pm.

Jo Miller, Doncaster Council’s returning officer and chief executive, said: “The PCC elections are an opportunity for residents to vote for someone who will ultimately be responsible for issues such as how the policing budget is spent, as well as working with the public and victims of crime on community safety.”

The debate can be viewed live from 6.30pm on Thursday (November 8). Click here to watch - Think PCC

Visit Police Crime Commissioner for more information on candidates.

For information about voting, contact Doncaster Council’s elections team on 0800 1804604.