THE Daily Telegraph has apologised for falsely attributing quotes to UKIP candidate Richard Wilkins, whose campaign for an Isle of Wight Council seat was blighted by allegations of electoral fraud.
Mr Wilkins was quoted in an article entitled Racism, Romanians and chemical castration: what UKIP candidates really believe, published shortly before the local elections in May, after a hoaxer called the newspaper pretending to be him.
The Telegraph has admitted comments about Derby child killer Mick Philpott were falsely attributed to Mr Wilkins and since amended the story online with the following statement: "We were subsequently informed these remarks were not made by Mr Wilkins but by someone pretending to be him during a telephone call. We have therefore removed the remarks and apologise for Mr Wilkins for any distress caused by their publication."
A UKIP spokesman said: "We are still pursuing matters with the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) as we are insisting there is an apology in the printed edition so will not be ruling out taking this beyond the PCC process. There have been serious repercussions for Mr Wilkins because of these false statements and we think it right and proper that those responsible make amends for their actions."
A police investigation into the alleged falsifying of signatures on Mr Wilkins' nomination papers during the May election is ongoing.
As reported, six people whose names appeared on the form submitted by Mr Wilkins, 51, of Fairmount Drive, Newport, said they had not signed it.
A police spokesman said this week: "Detectives from Isle of Wight CID have submitted a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for advice. No-one has been arrested or charged at this time."
A CPS spokeswoman said: "We have requested further evidence from Hampshire Police and remain in contact with the officers regarding their investigation, which is ongoing. Once we have received a full file of evidence we will be in a position to consider whether charges should be brought."