Lancashire

Quesir Mahmood: Blackburn fraud probe dropped by police

No further action will be taken against a local election candidate who was arrested on suspicion of electoral fraud, Lancashire Police have said.

Quesir Mahmood, 38, was suspended by Labour after his arrest on Monday in connection with alleged postal vote irregularities.

Mr Mahmood is standing in the Wensley Fold ward for a seat on Blackburn with Darwen Council.

A 48-year-old man from Blackburn will also face no further action.

A police spokesman said: "Following allegations of electoral irregularity in the Wensley Fold area of Blackburn a thorough police investigation has concluded that no criminal offences have been committed.

"It is for others to now decide if there have been any breaches of electoral codes of conduct."

A Labour Party spokesman said Mr Mahmood's suspension would now be lifted.

"He will be welcomed back because he's done nothing wrong," he added.

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