Voting investigated on Merseyside

A voting anomaly is being investigated in Wirral after two people were told their local election and referendum votes had already been cast.

A Hoylake resident went to the polling station at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, but was told she had already been crossed off the register.

Her husband was also told it appeared he had already been to vote in the Hoylake and Meols ward on Thursday.

Wirral Council have referred the matter to Merseyside Police.

A police spokeswoman said: "Merseyside Police are aware of a voting anomaly at a polling station in Hoylake.

"The monitoring officer for the Wirral is aware of [the] anomaly and Merseyside Police will provide assistance if and when required."

In the Granby ward in Liverpool, one man told the BBC he was handed his election ballot paper and asked if he wanted the AV one.

A spokesman for Liverpool City Council said staff at polling stations had been instructed to give both the ballot papers for the council elections and the referendum to voters without them having to ask for either paper.

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