The Labour candidate Kim McGuinness has been elected as Dame Vera Baird's successor as the next Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The people of the North-East went to the polls for the third time this year following Dame Vera's resignation to take up the national role of Victims Commissioner 

Going head-to-head with Independent candidate Georgina Hill, Conservative Robbie Moore and Liberal Democrats representatives Johnathan Wallace, she became the second PCC following Dame Vera's leadership since 2012.

After the first round of counting, Ms McGuiness had received 58,355 votes to put her ahead of Ms Hill (33,704), Mr Moore (33,267) and Mr Wallace (28,623).

Because she didn't receive more than the required 50 per cent of votes, second preferences were taken into account with Ms McGuiness finishing with 67,332 votes compared to Ms Hill's 61,633.

In Northumberland, Tory Mr Moore received the most votes with 10,503 with Ms McGuiness next with 8,894 followed by Ms Hill (7,961) and Mr Wallace (5,807).

The turn-out for Northumberland was 13.7 per cent with the overall figure just 15 per cent.