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COUNCILLORS have agreed who will represent Hartlepool on a new panel which will scrutinise the powerful post of Police and Crime Commissioner.

In November, the Cleveland Police Authority (CPA) will be disbanded when the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is elected.

The powerful PCC will have control over the force budget and the ability to sack and appoint chief constables.

As part of the changes, the CPA is being replaced by a Police and Crime Panel (PCP) made up of 12 councillors plus residents, who will scrutinise the decisions and actions of the PCC.

Under the plans, which are based on population figures, Stockton will have four councillor positions, Redcar and Middlesbrough three each and Hartlepool just two.

Mayor Stuart Drummond has been selected as one representative at a recent meeting of the full council and the other is Labour councillor Carl Richardson.

Independent councillor Cath Hill is Mayor Drummond’s nominated substitute and Labour councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher will substitute for Coun Richardson if they are not available to attend future meetings.

National legislation places a duty on local councils to nominate the elected mayor to be a member of the panel.