A NEW town councillor has been elected in Bishop Auckland.

Darren Newton-Woods, narrowly took the Woodhouse Close seat after residents cast their votes on Thursday.

The Labour candidate received 212 votes and was followed by Independent candidate Michael O'Neill, who received 198 votes. UKIP candidate Andrew Tranter received 74 votes.

Durham County Council confirmed 485 ballot papers were issued, with a turnout of 15.52 per cent.

Cllr Newton-Woods said: "It feels wonderful to have been elected by my community to represent them at town council, for which I am deeply grateful.

"The community of Woodhouse Close is very dear to me, and it is my hope that we accomplish great things in the years to come, for the benefit of everyone in the area."

Lesley Gwillym, deputy returning officer, also confirmed the legal use of tellers - volunteers who help candidates at an election - after several complaints about voters being asked how they voted and where they lived.

She said: “We were contacted by a number of people who were unfamiliar with the role of tellers at elections. The polling station inspector attended all of the polling stations yesterday morning and reiterated the guidance to tellers. We have also explained the role and legal rights of tellers to those who expressed concerns.”