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No replacement has been planned for Youth Crime Commissioner Kerry Boyd who steps down next week.

Ann Barnes's office said the commissioner "had not decided" if the position would be readvertised.

The £15,000 a year role - the first of its kind in the UK - has not been without controversy.

Youth commissioner Kerry Boyd
Youth commissioner Kerry Boyd

Original youth commissioner Paris Brown quit in disgrace when it was revealed she had posted several offensive comments on social media.

Miss Brown's replacement Kerry Boyd received social media training worth £2,400, from a total bill of £16,000.

But in June last year Miss Boyd withdrew from her public-facing duties after an investigation into her close friendship with married 50-year-old former councillor Robert Burgess.

The moment Youth Crime Commissioner Paris Brown quit. Picture by: Matthew Walker
The moment Youth Crime Commissioner Paris Brown quit. Picture by: Matthew Walker

Over the last few months she has resumed her duties, working with youth forums and charities across the county.

Her year-long contract is up on March 5, but her exact departure date is yet to be decided.

A spokesman for the commissioner's office said: "The exact arrangements around her last day have yet to be made but there is no replacement lined up. Once Kerry has left the commissioner will decide what to do.

Kent Police Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes. Picture: Gary Browne
Kent Police Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes. Picture: Gary Browne

"That decision hasn't been taken yet."

The role of youth commissioner was intended as a link between teenagers and the police, which involved "educating and deterring young people from committing crime", according to the commissioner's website.

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