SOUTH Yorkshire's new police and crime commissioner will start his role today.

Labour's Dr Alan Billings won the election on Friday, taking just over 50 per cent of votes.

Over one million people were eligible to cast their vote, but only 14 per cent turned out.

Ex-commissioner Shaun Wright, who managed children's services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010, eventually stepped down from his post on September 16.

His resignation came after a report on child abuse said at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town from 1997 to 2013.

Steve Pick, who has been the acting commissioner since Wright's resignation, said: "I wish Alan all the very best in carrying out a difficult job in very challenging times.

"My priority is now on ensuring that we provide the most thorough briefing possible for the new commissioner."