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Sue Mountstevens throws hat into ring to become police commissioner

By Emily_Koch  |  Posted: September 10, 2012

Sue Mountstevens

Sue Mountstevens

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The latest candidate in the race to become Avon and Somerset's police and crime commissioner has been named as the former director of a Bristol bakery chain.

Sue Mountstevens is the first independent candidate to throw her hat into the ring - alongside Pete Levy (Liberal Democrats), John Savage (Labour) and Ken Maddock (Conservatives).

She has made a pledge to “keep politics out of policing.”

Police and crime commissioners will be elected in 41 areas across England and Wales on 15 November.

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For many years Ms Mountstevens was a director of the well-known local family business, Mountstevens Bakeries, which opened its first shop in Bristol in 1911 and had over 90 outlets across the South West, employing around 1,300 people.

A magistrate in Bristol for the past 15 years, serving on adult, youth and family cases, she has also been an independent member on the Avon and Somerset Police Authority and vice-chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at Bristol Prison.

“The role of the Commissioner will be to deliver an effective police force, supporting Avon and Somerset Constabulary but at the same time holding the force to account and acting as the voice of the 1.6 million people who live in the area, as well as working in partnership with a range of agencies at a local and national level,” she said.

“As the only candidate to be standing for election from outside the main parties, I passionately believe that politics should be kept out of policing and I will protect both residents and police from political interference.

“I am local to Avon and Somerset – I was born here, educated here and work here, and I care about local people. I know how to run a large and complex business and I thoroughly understand the criminal justice system.”

Sue says her priorities, if elected to serve a four-year term, will be dealing with anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls, and burglary, as well as focusing on the victims of crime.

“These are the problems which people tell me are their major concerns. The link between them is the home - how safe people feel in their home and in their communities. If people are not safe in their home, or do not feel safe, they cannot live a normal life.

“I will put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. I believe we need a radical transformation of the way the victims of crime are treated. I will ensure that their voice is heard and that action is taken.”

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  • badgeryou  |  September 23 2012, 9:23PM

    Please don't forget it is now legal to shoot pregnant and nursing badgers. We find this truly shocking. GABS has just done a press release, on an issue which both GABS and Vale Wildlife Centre have discovered during enquires, and which we would like to share with you here. If you would like to share and encounter problems sharing on Facebook, please copy and paste to your time line. People just don't realise the reality of a badger cull. Group fears Pregnant Badgers to be left to die Following enquiries by Vale Wildlife Hospital and GABS, it has become apparent that the planned cull in Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean is likely to result in pregnant badgers being shot and left to die in their setts as shooting is allowed to take place until the end of January. There is also the possibility that cubs may already have been born and that nursing mothers could be shot, resulting in the cubs starving to death. If badgers are shot and injured then they will be tracked by trained dogs which are being used by the marksmen. However, it is likely that any injured badger will attempt to make its way back to the sett and could then suffer a slow, painful death. The government announced yesterday that the planned cull of badgers is due to start in the next few weeks in Tewkesbury and Forest of Dean area. The government is refusing to state exactly when and where the cull of thousands of local badgers will take place because they fear that local people will be outraged at the slaughter on their doorsteps. The government has confirmed that night time shooting must end by 1st February to prevent badgers being shot while they are nursing dependent young but this will mean that many will be killed while they are pregnant, and some cubs may be born in January. The Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting spokesperson Liz Gaffer said "Bovine TB is a terrible disease that must be stamped out but the government's planned cull of badgers is not humane and not based on science. It has just become clear to us that pregnant badgers will be shot and left to die and this cannot be right. We ask every caring person to contact their MP and county councillor to help stop this. All the national animal charities have joined together to stop the cull and we must give them our full support. Please do what you can by going to the Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting website and making your views clear to the decision makers". http://tinyurl.com/bvjp9rv

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  • takeabullet4u  |  September 21 2012, 1:14PM

    These are the lovely people behind the badger cull.. (similar in character to charlespk i'd imagine!) The Conservative chief whip was threatened with arrest after allegedly telling officers they had "best learn your f------ place" and accused them of being "f------- plebs". http://tinyurl.com/92du9x6 The idea that a Cabinet minister could behave like this towards police officers doing their job is an utter disgrace. It tells you all you need to know about this out-of-touch Government and its attitude to public servants and people of Britain.

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  • DennisB2012  |  September 12 2012, 9:56AM

    Why has the Post reproduced this "news" item twice? Surely not poor proof reading....? Surely not trying to influence readers opinions......?

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  • Charlespk  |  September 11 2012, 4:41PM

    No I'm not a lawyer, but I employ a very expensive one, and I remember Gerald used to use the same one occasionally when they lived at Court Essington over at Midford. . I feel sure Sue will have access to them.

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  • rogerh3  |  September 11 2012, 4:14PM

    Obviously the law isn't one of your strong points either.

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  • Charlespk  |  September 11 2012, 4:03PM

    Libel is defined as defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures. A court of law will decide if they are NOT libellous if you can evidence them.

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  • rogerh3  |  September 11 2012, 3:40PM

    They are libellous until and unless you have evidenced them in a court of law." Complete nonsense. Nothing is libellous unless and until a court finds it so. .

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  • Ourbads  |  September 11 2012, 3:38PM

    Nice baps

  • Charlespk  |  September 11 2012, 3:34PM

    We'll see.

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  • SouthvilleDav  |  September 11 2012, 3:24PM

    Charlespk B.S.

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