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Update: Second choices counted as just 70 votes separate police commissioner candidates in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 16:09 16 November 2012

Counting votes at Police Headquarters at Martlesham Heath

Counting votes at Police Headquarters at Martlesham Heath

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JUST 70 votes separated the top two candidates in Suffolk’s first police election – but only one in six voters took part in yesterday’s elections.

And in Essex the figure was even lower – less than one in seven took part in the election.

The turnout figure in Suffolk was confirmed as 16.01% – 88,497 of the county’s 552,780 voters bothered to take part in the election.

In Essex the turnout across the county was 13.06% – 171,617 out of the county’s 1,313,745 took part in the election.

In Suffolk the first round votes were:

Jane Basham(Lab) - 29,868

David Cocks(Ind) - 14,224

Bill Mountford (UKIP) - 11,278

Tim Passmore (Con)- 29,798.

Jane Basham and Tim Passmore have gone through to the second round, with the other two candidates’ second choice votes being allocated to them.

The chairman of a Suffolk racial equality charity says they are receiving more reports from parents about prejudice in schools than ever before.

Children in Suffolk and Essex are increasingly being exposed to the “devastating” effects of domestic violence, charities have warned.

A man has been charged following a spate of burglaries in Colchester, some of which were alleged to have involved weapons.

The newest versions of the iPhone, the 8 and 8 plus, are expected not to attract the traditional queues outside Apple’s flagship retail stores when they go on sale in the UK for the first time today.

A neighing horse, singing bird and marching band are among quintessentially Suffolk sounds captured in winning entries submitted for a new photography competition.

Rail services in Suffolk and Essex are continuing to face disruption this morning following an incident on the mainline yesterday in which a person was killed after being hit by a train.

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