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Voters heading to polling stations in north Norfolk for county council elections

PUBLISHED: 15:54 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:55 04 May 2017

The general election is on June 8. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

The general election is on June 8. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

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Thousands of people - plus a few dogs - have been heading to polling stations in North Norfolk to cast their votes in the county council elections.

Steve Blatch, deputy returning officer for North Norfolk, said: “It’s going very well and there have been no reported incidents.

“We have 130 polling stations and 300 staff at them. You have to have a minimum of two people at each one and there are three at some of the larger ones.

“We’ve had no reports of queues at any of the stations, but they have been very busy. There are about 82,000 people eligible to vote in North Norfolk.”

Earlier in the day, the Merchant’s Place polling station on the Gangway in Cromer reported that it had been fairly busy since it opened at 7am.

However, the polling station at Ingham village hall only saw three voters in the first hour.

People in Norfolk decide today who they want to represent them at the county council - with the political balance at County Hall currently on a knife edge.

No party has overall control at Norfolk County Council, but the Conservatives managed to form an administration in May last year, after succeeding the so-called rainbow alliance.

That amalgam of Labour, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats, with support from the Greens, had been the ruling administration following the 2013 elections.

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