Fraud investigation into police candidate continues

By David Newble

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 

A POLICE investigation into fraud claims against a Conservative police and crime commissioner candidate is unlikely to be concluded before tomorrow’s (Thursday) election, police have admitted.

Michael Mates, former Northern Ireland Secretary, is currently under investigation by Thames Valley Police following a claim by an election rival that he misrepresented his address in order to be eligible for the post of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner.

Rules state all candidates have to live in the areas in which they are seeking election.

Justice and Anti-Corruption Party candidate Don Jerrard has accused Mr Mates of not being properly resident at the address. However, Mr Mates has strongly denied any wrong doing and his candidacy has been accepted by the electoral authorities.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said today (Wednesday): "The investigation is continuing. However, owing to its complexity, it is unlikely to conclude before the election. It would be inappropriate to comment further."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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