VIDEO: Alan Hardwick elected as Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Independent candidate, Alan Hardwick has won the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner election after a second preference count.
Alan Hardwick received a total of 39,221 votes after the second count, defeating fellow independent, David Bowles who received 35,086 votes.
After the result, Alan Hardwick confirmed that the Nettleham custody suite 'won't happen'.
He said: "I'm feeling that it has all been worth while and that I have demonstrated the people of Lincolnshire have no appetite for politicising the role of Police Commissioner.
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"Nettleham won't happen. That is it, it is my decision as commissioner and it won't happen.
"I plan to make this not an office based job but reaching into all corners of the county, there will be no north south divide or urban or rural divide in Lincolnshire.
"I can promise you I will work with the Chief Constable to ensure the safety and security of all the people in Lincolnshire."
Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Neil Rhodes said: "Alan Hardwick has made it clear that his objective is to provide the best possible policing service to the county.
"He is committed to maintaining a strong frontline of uniformed police officers on our streets, we share these objectives whole heartedly."
The results of the first preference count saw independent David Bowles in the lead with 27,345 votes, followed by fellow independent Alan Hardwick with 26,272 votes.
Conservative Richard Davies won 19,872 votes and Paul Gleeson, Labour, 10,247 votes. Both were eliminated from the contest.
For the second preference count, the 30,219 votes for the two losers were recounted, looking for second preference votes, and then added to the two contenders left from the first round.
All district turnout figures were confirmed earlier, with Lincolnshire's overall turnout at 15.63%, with the time of year, the weather and poor marketing speculated as reasons for a lack of interest nationally.
Jenny Watson, chair of the electoral commission, said: "The low turnout is a concern for everyone who cares about democracy."
The £60,000 per year role will replace the current Police Authority.
The Police and Crime Commissioner will have powers to set strategy and control budgets as well as to hire and fire the chief constables.
See how events unfolded by looking back over the live blog below with reaction on Twitter via thisislincs