Roger Hirst has been re-elected as Essex's Police, Fire, and Crime Commissioner (PFCC).

The Conservative candidate secured 54 per cent of the vote.

Mr Hirst has served as Essex’s Police Crime Commissioner since 2016 and has now won re-election into the updated role which has seen oversight of the fire serviced merged into the position.

The PFCC's job is to set priorities and hold both emergency services to account.

Labour candidate Chris Vince came second securing almost 23 per cent of votes while Jon Whitehouse, the Liberal Democrat candidate, came in third place with 13 per cent of the vote.

Robin Tilbrook of the English Democrats secured almost 10 per cent of the vote.

In a statement Mr Hirst said: "This is a sobering level of endorsement from the people of Essex. I am grateful that they are clearly appreciating what we have been doing over the past five years.

"We are improving the culture of the fire and rescue service with a focus on prevention and protection. It is really exciting that this programme has been endorsed by the public of Essex."