Vote pledge over crime

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A FORMER council chief in the running to become a crime commissioner, has pledged a zero-tolerance approach to policing.

Kingsley Smith, 65, was Durham County Council’s most senior officer for 17 years and is now standing as an independent candidate in the area’s first elections for Police and Crime Commissioner.

His own family’s experience of crime, such as the distress his parents were left in after they were burgled, have formed his views towards those who offend.

He said: “This experience very much hardened my attitude to criminals and if the people of County Durham elect me as their commissioner.”

He will be up against Labour candidate and former police officer Ron Hogg and Tory Nick Varley.