IN PICTURES: Masked delight and sanitised sadness at Black Country election counts

It was an election like never before - and our photographers were there to capture the action.

Steve Edwards representing the Black Country Party in Dudley
Steve Edwards representing the Black Country Party in Dudley

Masks, screens and sanitiser were the order of the day in an unusual election.

See the best of our photos from across the Black Country election counts.

The first results of the night arrive at Stourbridge's Crystal Leisure Centre
Steve Edwards representing the Black Country Party in Dudley
Counting underway in Stourbridge
An emotional night for Dudley councillor Andrea Goddard
Jubilant Dudley Conservatives were among the first to hear the results
Our reporters had dedicated desks and wore masks
What's the collective noun for a smiling Conservative? It's normally a rare sight in Sandwell
Not your usual vote-counting room in Walsall
Joshua Whitehouse and Brad Allen celebrate in Walsall
The Wolverhampton count was held at transport training centre GTG West Midlands
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi kept a close eye on results in Wolverhampton
Tape markings were key to enforce distancing
Adam Collinge was delighted at becoming a Wolverhampton councillor
A solemn fist pump for Andy Randle in Wolverhampton

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