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Police Chief interviewed over election expenses scandal

Alison Hernandez was elected police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Police in May 2016 Photo: ITV News

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has been interviewed over allegations relating to breaking election expenses rules.

Alison Hernandez faced calls to stand down from her role as PCC, soon after being elected in May last year.

She is under investigation by West Mercia police over allegations she failed to properly declare campaign expenses in the 2015 General Election.

Alison Hernandez was the Conservative Party's Election Agent for Torbay. The expenses forms that she signed, and the returns of three other Conservative Agents in Devon and Cornwall, are being investigated.

In May, I referred these allegations, which occurred when Alison was the election agent for the Conservative candidate Kevin Foster, to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

On completion of West Mercia’s investigation a report will be presented to the IPCC and a decision will be made whether the case should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

– Andrew White, Chief Executive, Office of the PCC

This investigation is one of a number of similar investigations being undertaken across the country.