Date set for PCC election
Voters will go to the polls next month after the date was set to replace Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Vera Baird.
Dame Vera announced in May she was stepping down to become the new Victims’ Commissioner, taking over from Baroness Newlove this month.
She was elected as the area's first PCC in 2012, and in that time has taken an active role in promoting the views of victims, also serving as the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s lead for supporting victims and reducing harm.
Rules mean an election must take place to fill the vacancy within 35 days, and the date has been set for July 18. Anyone who has not yet registered to vote in the election should do so by July 2.