South Yorkshire electors urged to vote for new Police and Crime Commissioner

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South Yorkshire electors are being reminded to use their votes to choose the next Police and Crime Commissioner.

An election was forced following the resignation of previous PCC Shaun Wright, who stood down in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham, where 1,400 children were abused by largely Pakistani men over a 16 year period while those in authority turned a blind eye because of sensitivities over the ethnicity of the offenders.

Mr Wright was a Rotherham councillor in charge of children’s services for a large part of the period in question.

Four candidates are standing for election - David Allen, for the English Democrats, Alan Billings for Labour, Jack Clarkson for the UK Independence Party and Ian Walker for the Conservatives.

John Mothersole, Local Returning Officer for the election in Sheffield, said: “By now everyone in Sheffield who is on the electoral roll should have received a polling card, showing which polling station they need to go to in order to vote.”

All polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday, with counting taking place on Friday.

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