Man ar­rested on eve of this year’s city coun­cil elec­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

PO­LICE in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged elec­toral fraud ar­rested a man on the eve of the Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil elec­tions.

A spokesman for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice said: “The man was ar­rested at an ad­dress in Peter­bor­ough on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“A 31-year-old has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to com­mit fraud and is cur­rently in cus­tody at Thorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion.”

A city coun­cil spokes­woman added: “We re­ceived an elec­tions-re­lated com­plaint and passed the in­for­ma­tion onto the po­lice for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and there­fore can­not com­ment fur­ther at this time.

“We are work­ing very hard with the po­lice to min­imise the risks of elec­tion fraud, and want to en­sure ev­ery­one in Peter­bor­ough is able to freely use their vote with­out fear or in­tim­i­da­tion.”

Polling sta­tions all over the city are open from 7am un­til 10pm to­day as con­stituents from 19 wards de­cide who they want to rep­re­sent them on the coun­cil.

Gil­lian Beasley, the coun­cil’s re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, said: “It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple use their vote and have their say in who rep­re­sents them on the city coun­cil. Coun­cil­lors make im­por­tant de­ci­sions that ef­fect ev­ery­one, ev­ery day of their life and the lo­cal elec­tions are part of that demo­cratic process.

“I would urge any­one who has a vote to use it and make their mark in Peter­bor­ough.”

You will be able to fol­low all the up­dates from Town Hall from the ET’S live blog, which will be on www. pe­ter­bor­oughto­day. co.uk from 8pm tonight.

Up­dates will also be tweeted through the night by re­porters Matt Reville (@Et_reville), John Baker (@Jp­baker) and Ben Truslove (@Et­ben­truslove).

You can see where your polling sta­tion is at www. pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk/ elec­tions, where there is also a com­pre­hen­sive spot­light on all 68 can­di­dates.

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