Hereford & Worcester

Polls open in council and West Mercia PCC elections

Polls have opened in Worcestershire for combined council and police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections.

Votes will be cast for Worcester City councillors in Arboretum, Battenhall, Bedwardine, Cathedral, Claines, Gorse Hill, Nunnery, Rainbow Hill, St John, St Clement, St Stephen and Warndon.

Seats on Kidderminster Town, Wyre Forest District and Redditch Borough councils are also being contested.

A new West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will also be chosen.

Bill Longmore, current West Mercia PCC, is retiring and six candidates are standing to replace him.

He is responsible for overseeing policing in the West Mercia area, which covers Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Polls opened at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00.

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