MIDDLESBROUGH mayor Ray Mallon was voted in for a third term in office.
Mr Mallon, a former head of Hartlepool’s CID who earned the “Robocop” nickname for his no-nonsense stance on crime, gained just over 50 per cent of the Middlesbrough ballot.
That placed him ahead of Labour’s Michael J Carr, who polled 11,405, Liberal Democrat hris Foote-Wood, on 3,256, and Conservative Lloyd Cole-Nolan, on 3,001.
Mr Mallon was first elected to the position in 2002 and retained his role in 2007.
He said: “This victory, which is the public’s victory, is the endorsement of what has gone on over the last nine years. “It’s not about me, it’s about we and what we have achieved together.”