Police probe Derbyshire local vote allegations

Derbyshire Police are investigating seven complaints about election irregularities in the local elections in Derbyshire.

The allegations relates to "campaign breaches" including failure to print proper details on campaign literature.

Derbyshire Police said the complaints came from Derby, Erewash, Bolsover and Amber Valley.

One of the complaints was about "the distribution of false statements about nominated candidates."

Voter intimidation

In the Derby ward of Normanton, losing Liberal Democrat candidate Dawn Gee told BBC Radio Derby that voters had been intimidated by people representing Labour.

She said one voter in Normanton was taken to a polling booth and crosses were put on the ballot for her.

Normanton Labour councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, whose seat was not up for election, said he was surprised by the allegations and added the party would not condone any illegal action.

He said the allegations about the Normanton polling station were investigated and dealt with at the time.

Derbyshire Police said it had not received any official complaints about voting intimidation at the Normanton ward.

Detectives from the Derbyshire Economic Crime Unit will investigate the complaints and send information to the Specialist Crime Division at the York Crown Prosecution Service, police said.

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