Woman arrested on suspicion of voting offence in Peterborough

Election polling station at the baptist church at Harris Street. Police video unit in attendance EMN-150705-122502009
Election polling station at the baptist church at Harris Street. Police video unit in attendance EMN-150705-122502009
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A 19-year-old woman has been arrested at a Peterborough polling station on suspicion of a voting offence today (Thursday).

The woman was arrested at the Baptist Church in Searjeant Street, Peterborough just after 8am this morning.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “The woman was arrested on suspicion of making a representation to vote by proxy under section 61 of the representation of the people act.

“She has been taken to Thorpe Wood Police Station for questioning.”

For the third election in a row CCTV cameras and a police presence has been seen at polling stations in Central Ward.

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “There are CCTV cameras situated at all four polling stations in Central ward. These are in place today and were also used in the 2012 and 2014 elections. Cameras act as a deterrent to individuals considering electoral fraud as well as helping to gather intelligence in the event of allegations of fraud.”

Gillian Beasley, returning officer for Peterborough, said: “We are aware that Cambridgeshire police has made an arrest this morning at a polling station in Central ward following allegations of electoral fraud. We have worked hand in hand with the police to proactively tackle fraud in the run-up to the elections.

“We are committed to ensuring Peterborough residents are able to use their vote freely without fear or intimidation. If you are suspicious or worried about anything to do with voting and elections you should phone the police on 101. If an incident is in action call 999.”