Arrest in Tower Hamlets postal vote fraud investigation

By Rob Virtue on June 5, 2014 10:16 AM |


Police have arrested a 24-year-old man following an allegations of postal vote fraud around the Tower Hamlets election.

It comes as officers have revealed they had received 84 complaints of electoral malpractice in the borough over last month's campaign.

A police statement over the allegations said: "Following a thorough assessment of all complaints, it has been determined that in the majority of cases there is no evidence that any criminal offences have been committed.

"A number of complaints received relate to alleged behaviour of campaigners at polling stations in Tower Hamlets on 22 May and these are currently being assessed in conjunction with our partners."

The arrest over postal applications was made on Tuesday. The suspect has been bailed to retrun in mid-July.

In total there are eight police investigations involving the Tower Hamlets election. They involve involve four probes of false declaration on nomination papers, one of failing to put correct imprint on election literature, one of making a false statement about a candidate and two relating to postal voting.

The Met also said it was working to "deliver a robust policing plan" for the Blackwall and Cubitt Town by-election on July 3.