Polling stations across Sheffield open - some to waiting voters at 7am

Polling station at The Bank View Cafe. Andrew Roe
Polling station at The Bank View Cafe. Andrew Roe
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Polling stations across Sheffield have opened today for voting in the local and general elections.

Some of the 239 stations were understood to have people waiting outside to vote at 7am.

A Sheffield Hallam resident said around ten people were queuing at Bents Green Methodist Church shortly after he voted at 7am.

In Sheffield Central, people were also waiting outside the station at Horizon Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road when it opened.

This year, anybody waiting outside a polling station at 10pm will still be able to vote, after chaotic scenes in 2010 when some residents were turned away.

Some of the more unusual polling stations today include the Bank View Cafe in Langsett, which also had a front-seat view for the Tour de France, and Hallam FC football club.

In Doncaster, Labour leader Ed Miliband visited a polling station in Sutton to cast his vote.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is expected to do the same at a polling station in Sheffield later on this morning.