Polls open in Shropshire for West Mercia PCC election

Polls have opened in Shropshire for the West Mercia Police Crime and Commissioner (PCC) election.

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

The holder is responsible for overseeing policing in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Mr Longmore's successor will have control and accountability over finances and assets and, since April, the local youth offending service.

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

Across England, elections are taking place for more than 120 councils and the London Assembly, and to elect mayors in Bristol, Liverpool, London and Salford, and 36 police and crime commissioners.

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