Conservatives' Mark Shelford is new police and crime commissioner

May 08 2021
Conservatives' Mark Shelford is new police and crime commissioner

Conservative candidate Mark Shelford has been elected as the new Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

He received 34.4% of first preference votes and was elected after second preference votes were counted, beating Labour's Kerry Barker.

Mr Shelford replaces Sue Mountstevens (Independent), who served as PCC from 2012 before standing down before the election.

His priorities include more visible policing, strengthening specialist teams, refocusing the police on fighting crime, and increased partnership working with NHS and other agencies.

He said: “A huge responsibility that has been placed on my shoulders and I’m very humbled that local people have given me their votes. I absolutely relish the chance to get stuck in and make a difference.”

One of his first tasks will be to appoint a new chief constable to replace Andy Marsh, who is leaving the post in July.