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Friday, November 16, 2012

Roddick wins North Wales PCC election

* Winner - Winston Roddick. 

Independent candidate Winston Roddick has been elected as North Wales' first Police and Crime Commissioner.

Low turn-outs have been recorded in yesterday's elections across the UK.

In Denbighshire turnout is said to have been a meagre 16.7%.

Mr Roddick scored victory over four other candidates in North Wales - another independent, one Labour, one Tory and a UKIP representative.

He is a barrister and former senior legal adviser to the assembly.

PCCs, as they will be known, will be responsible for setting priorities for their police force, overseeing its budget and hiring the chief constable.

Mr Roddick beat Labour's Tal Michael in the second round of counting.

He began his career as a police constable in Liverpool before becoming a barrister and has been a crown court recorder.

The count went to the second round, with the second preference votes from other candidates going forward.

Those candidates eliminated after the first round were Irish-born Colm McCabe, the Conservative candidate, a former chief officer for the special constabulary in North Wales; Richard Hibbs, a Llanduno-based businessman, an independent, and Warwick Nicholson, a retired police officer, was Ukip's only candidate in Wales.

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