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Peterborough City Council "incredibly sorry" after postal ballot papers mix-up

The Town Hall in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough City Council say that they are "incredibly sorry" after almost 2,000 people living in the city were sent the wrong postal ballot paper.

Voters in the local authority wards of Park, North and East Stanground may have received the incorrect ballot sheets for either North West Cambridgeshire or Peterborough constituencies.

Peterborough City Council has put the problem down to "human error" at the printers. Replacement ballot papers are expected to go out before the end of the week.

"On Tuesday 21 April we were notified that voters in three local authority wards of Peterborough; Park, North and Stanground East may have incorrectly received parliamentary election ballot sheets for either North West Cambridgeshire or Peterborough constituencies.

We immediately contacted the Electoral Commission to discuss with them how best to put this situation right and have now written to each resident affected explaining what to do next.

A mistake was made by the company that printed and posted the ballot forms on our behalf. Our hard working team of election staff is now working round the clock to make sure everybody affected receives new ballot papers and no incorrect votes are counted.

We are obviously incredibly sorry for the inconvenience caused."

– Gillian Beasley, chief executive of Peterborough City Council

Wrong postal ballot papers sent to Peterborough residents

Peterborough City Council has confirmed some residents may have received the wrong postal ballot paper following 'human error' at the printers.

The council goes on to say: "We're working with Electoral Commission to correct the mistake made by the printer. Everybody's vote will be counted & valid."


Man convicted of child sex offences on girls in Peterborough

Mohammed Khubaib guilty of forcing a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him and nine counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

A restaurant boss is facing a lengthy jail sentence after he became the last of a string of men to be convicted of child sex offences on girls in Peterborough.

Married businessman Mohammed Khubaib, 43, originally from Pakistan, had a "persistent and almost predatory interest" in teenage girls, the Old Bailey heard.

He groomed vulnerable under-age girls by giving them money, gifts or cigarettes before plying them with alcohol.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey he was found guilty of forcing a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him and nine counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation involving girls aged from 12 to 15 between November 2010 and January 2013.

His South African friend Manase Motaung, 32, was cleared of raping a 16-year-old and seven trafficking charges, involving six girls.

Khubaib's conviction brings the total number of people to be convicted under Operation Erle to 10, of which five are of Pakistani origin.


Peterborough City Hospital 'struggling to cope' with patient numbers

Peterborough City Hospital say that they are still struggling to cope with an increase in patient numbers over the Easter weekend.

The Hospital declared an 'internal major incident' yesterday after many visitors to the A and E department were forced to wait for beds.

The trust says that they are under pressure as a result of an extra 30 admissions a day over the bank holiday.

Click below to watch an interview clip with Lesley Crosby, Acting Deputy Chief Nurse at Peterborough Hospital:

New jobs for Peterborough engine-makers

Perkins Engines in Peterborough is to create about 175 jobs over the next three years after the company won a £13 million Government grant.

Perkins Engines export their goods worldwide Credit: ITV

Perkins has turned around its fortunes, after making hundreds of staff redundant in 2009 as profits struggled during the recession. The company exports off-road diesel engines to buyers worldwide and will use the money, secured through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, to develop low-carbon technologies for running diesel engines.

"This collaboration with DENSO INTERNATIONAL UK, Loughborough University, Imperial College London and CMCL Innovations, each of who we have worked closely with over the years, is focused on engine performance, fuel economy and exhaust emission improvements and will support the development of innovative technologies for off-highway diesel engine applications.”

– ark Stratton, Perkins Engines
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