Police investigate UKIP postal vote fraud allegation

It has emerged that police are investigating an allegation of postal vote fraud by UKIP

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said officers are investigating a report of alleged electoral fraud in the Cowpen area of Blyth, Northumberland.

Detective Inspector David Brown said: "We can confirm that we have received a complaint of possible postal vote fraud in the Cowpen.

"We are in the early stages of the investigation and enquiries are ongoing."

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