Update: a formal police statement has now been issued clarifying this matter.
The SKWAWKBOX received reports at the weekend that a fake polling station had been set up in Bristol during last month’s General Election, with a claim that this had been confirmed by an unnamed returning officer.
Not enough in itself to make a story – but sufficient to pique curiosity and prompt the SKWAWKBOX to investigate further.
So we called Avon and Somerset Police press office. The press officer said he had heard nothing of it – but he would check with the complex crimes unit. You’d expect a fake polling station would be memorable, so it looked as though the reports were a red herring.
Except that the same officer phoned back within just a few minutes – to confirm that there had in fact been reports of an unauthorised ‘polling station’ in the city on General Election polling day.
The officer went on to advise that no charges would be brought as investigating officers had concluded that the station was some kind of ‘community effort’.
A formal statement has been promised to the SKWAWKBOX tomorrow with a fuller explanation of the nature of the unauthorised venue and the reasons for the police conclusion that no crime had been committed. We will bring you this information as soon as it’s available.
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