INDEPENDENT candidate Ann Barnes stormed to victory in Thanet, setting up a landslide win to become Kent's first police commissioner.
The former Kent Police Authority chairman topped the votes with 42.1 per cent, leaving Conservative Craig MacKinlay trailing on 22.8% and Harriet Yeo of Labour with just 12.7 per cent.
Indifference was the overwhelming mood of the electorate as just 14,671 voters went to the ballot box – 15.1 per cent of those eligible.
The new role will replace Kent Police Authority and will produce policing plans, manage funding and hold Chief Constable Ian Learmonth to account.
Full results from Thanet are: Barnes (Ind) 42.1%, Mackinlay (Con) 22.8%, Yeo (Lab) 12.7%, Wauchope (UKIP) 10.5%, Uncles (English Democrats) 6.5%, Dai Liyanage (Ind) 3.4%.