LABOUR's Joy Allen has taken a lead of almost 4,000 in the race to become Durham's new Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC).

Counting at Spennymoor Leisure Centre has finished and the results from that count announced, whilst counting at the Louisa Centre in Stanley continues.

Spennymoor count result: Joy Allen (Lab) 32,914, Anne-Marie Curry (Lib Dem) 13,644, George Jabbour (Con) 28,772.

That means the Liberal Democrat candidate Anne-Marie Curry is knocked out and the count goes to second preferences as no one has a majority of the ballot.

Ms Curry says she has been pleased with the turnout this year, which looks like being about twice as high as the last PCC election in Durham.

Joy Allen previously represented the Bishop Auckland Town division on Durham County Council but instead of standing for re-electon she stood in the PCVC election this year.

Mrs Allen thinks it's "difficult to say" where second preference ballots could end up and reckons the result is currently on a knife edge.

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The winner will take over from acting Police and Crime Commissioner for County Durham Steve White, formerly the chief executive of the Durham PCVC, who stepped up after Ron Hogg was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Mr Hogg, who was first elected at Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner when the role was created in 2012, died in December 2019, aged 68.