THE Conservatives have won the election for North Yorkshire's new police, fire and crime commissioner.

Philip Allott will take over the role from Conservative former commissioner Julia Mulligan, who decided to step down from the role at the end of her term.

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy has congratulated Mr Allott on the result.

Mr Allott was elected after securing a total of 83,737 first and second preference votes. Labour candidate Alison Hume was in second place with a total of 53,442 first and second preference votes.

Independent candidate Keith Tordoff secured 22,308 first preference votes and Liberal Democrat James Barker secured 19,773 first preference votes.

Overall turnout for North Yorkshire was 25.47 per cent - an increase on the 2016 polls when turnout was 22.47 per cent.

In York voter turnout was 24.16 per cent, with a total of 35,890 votes cast in the city.

Following the result, Mr Sturdy tweeted his congratulations, adding: "I look forward to working with you to help deliver your plan to cut pet thefts, tackle county lines drug gangs, and to build on North Yorkshire Police's ongoing successful recruitment drive."

In his acceptance speech an elated Mr Allott pledged to take on the issues that his rival candidates had raised while campaigning.