LANCASHIRE’S first ever Police and Crime Commissioner has announced he will continue to serve as a County and Wyre Borough councillor, despite his prestigious new role.

Labour winner Clive Grunshaw has decided to continue with his council responsibilities until May, in an attempt to prevent the cost of a by-election.

Speaking before he officially takes on the new £85,000-a-year role tomorrow, Mr Grunshaw said: “I have already resigned from my position as leader of Wyre Labour Group.

“In the short term, I will continue my roles as a district and county councillor. I will make an announcement on my future in these roles in the New Year.

“I am aware that it would be very difficult to facilitate a by-election, for all concerned, so close to the festive season. It is important not to waste funds when it is only a short time until the county elections.”

Mr Grunshaw will begin his new job with a visit to UCLan in Preston with Chief Constable Steve Finnegan.

Mr Grunshaw has also announced his Deputy Commissioner will be Ibrahim Master.

Mr Master, from Blackburn, is a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire and a member of the former police authority.