Tower Hamlets elections policing report shows 100% increase in allegations

The latest briefing from Tower Hamlets police shows that there has been a doubling of allegations of electoral crime in the run up to the local and mayoral elections in May this year from 15 allegations in January to 30 allegations as of today. 

Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Williams, Borough Commander of Tower Hamlets, issues these reports on policing preparations for Tower Hamlets Elections 2018 to inform and assure everyone in the borough that the MPS is doing its utmost to ensure free and fair elections this year.

The police have received 30 allegations of crime relating to Representation of Peoples Act (RPA)1983 (see Table 1below).

There are also five crimes being locally investigated that are considered related to Tower Hamlets Elections 2018 but not RPA offences (see Table 2).

Relevant Arrests and Reported Crime

Specialist Enquiry’s Team (SET)

The table below reflects all allegations made that are under investigation by the Special Enquiry Team (SET). These are all RPA offences of electoral fraud and malpractice in relation to the Local & Mayoral Elections on May 3rd 2018

The Electoral Commission’s summary of electoral offences can be found here.  (PDF)

As of 12.00hrs on Wednesday 28th February 2018 the SET have received a total of 30 notifications/allegations in relation to the Local and Mayoral Elections on 3rd May 2018

Of these all 30 relate specifically to London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The table below outlines the Tower Hamlets notifications/allegations:

Table 1 RPA offences of electoral fraud and malpractice

Number Date Reported Report format Allegation Reported By SET Update
1 February 1, 2017 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Member of Public Closed
2 November 1, 2017 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Journalist Ongoing
3 December 1, 2017 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Councillor Ongoing
4 December 1, 2017 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
5 December 1, 2017 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
6 December 1, 2017 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
7 December 1, 2017 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
8 December 1, 2017 Crime Report Breach of Imprint allegation. Councillor Ongoing
9 December 1, 2017 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
10 January 1, 2018 Crime Report Corrupt withdrawal of candidature allegation. Candidate Ongoing
11 January 1, 2018 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Councillor Ongoing
12 January 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
13 January 1, 2018 Crime Report Misuse of corporate literature. Councillor Ongoing
14 January 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
15 January 1, 2018 Crime Report False document. MP Ongoing
16 February 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
17 February 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
18 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Treating allegation Councillor Ongoing
19 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Influencing journalists allegation Journalist Ongoing
20 February 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
21 February 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
22 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Treating allegation Journalist Ongoing
23 February 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
24 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Community Figure Ongoing
25 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Breach of Data Protection Act allegation Journalist Ongoing
26 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Forgery/False Instrument allegation. Journalist Ongoing
27 February 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Ongoing
28 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Bribery allegation. Journalist Ongoing
29 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Tampering with ballot papers allegation. Journalist Ongoing
30 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Bribery allegation. Journalist Ongoing

Data Source: MPS Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets CID investigations

The table below reflects all allegations of crime being investigated by local Tower Hamlets police from January 2018, these are not specifically RPA offences but are considered related to the Election or involve an MP, councillor or candidate:

Table 2 Allegations of crime not specifically RPA offences

Date Reported Report Format Allegation Reported by Tower Hamlets CID Update
January 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor Ongoing investigation
January 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor Ongoing investigation
January 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor Ongoing investigation
January 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor Ongoing investigation
February 1, 2018 Crime report Bribery Councillor Ongoing investigation

Data Source: MPS Tower Hamlets

Operational Update

  • The most recent police planning meeting for the Tower Hamlets Elections was held on the 22/02/18. A proportionate and effective policing plan was discussed with a robust crime strategy in partnership with the Special Enquiry Team (SET).
  • On 22.02.18 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) visited Tower Hamlets police to review our plans.
  • On 05.02.2018 Detective Superintendent Stuart Ryan (SET) attended a GLA scrutiny committee where headings and themes of the allegations to date were discussed.
  • On 07.02.2018 Borough Commander Detective Chief Superintendent Sue Williams attended the Police and Crime Committe (PCC) conference at City Hall, upon which we received good feed back.
  • Training has been arranged and underway for all Police Officers at Tower Hamlets working the Elections. This will cover relevant legislation and electoral offences contained in the Representation of the People Act 1983 (RPA 1983). There will also be inputs from our Specialist units with expertise in this area.
  • We have upcoming meetings with London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council, the Electoral Commission and our colleagues from SET. We have set up a working protocol that has been agreed whereby any allegation of crime made through LBTH will be referred directly to the police and the complainant contacted.
  • The Local Authority have now launched their website on Elections and Voting to view visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk

Reporting Election Crime

Anyone with any information about potential election fraud or malpractice is asked to pass that to police so it can be investigated. Email us at SETelections@met.police.uk, call 101, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 who will pass the information on to Tower Hamlets Police.

 





 

2 Comments

  1. I find it interesting that the RPA allegations are mostly related to making a false statement as to candidate. I am presuming that tbis relates to nominations. Such false statements were highlighted in the Election Court Judgement given by Richard Mawrey.

    1. Thanks David, yes it is interesting although I suppose making a false statement as to a candidate can cover a multitude of sins. We don’t have any more knowledge of the specifics of this than you do however!

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