BREAKING: Voter turnout even lower than 2012 in South Yorkshire crime tsar by-election

The Police And Crime Commissioner election count in Barnsley
The Police And Crime Commissioner election count in Barnsley

Voter turnout in the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election is even lower than last time - it has been confirmed today.

As the count continues across the county, it has been announced that overall turnout was 14.88 per cent - down on 14.92 last time.

Just 150,361 people voted of a one million electorated in South Yorkshire.

In Doncaster it was 15.24 per cent - down from 15.64 in 2012.

In Barnsley the turnout was 11.9 per cent - down from 12 per cent.

In Sheffield it was 14.5, down on 14.6 per cent.

Only in Rotherham was there an increase, as voter turnout was 18.01 per cent compared to 16.8 per cent.

There have been reports that fewer than 100 people turned out to some polling stations across the county - and rumours that just three turned out to one in particular.

The turnout was expected to be higher in Rotherham, following the child sex abuse scandal which forced the previous PCC Shaun Wright to stand down.

It had been hoped that turnout across the county would increase in this election - which cost £1.6m.

Resident Colin Pears who did vote, said: “My daughter and I were numbers 91 and 92 at our polling station with 10 minutes to go.”

Four candidates are vying for the post - David Allen for the English Democrats, Rev Dr Alan Billings, Labour, UKIP’s Jack Clarkson and Ian Walker, Conservative.

More results are expected from 11.30am.

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