Latest elections policing report published by Tower Hamlets police

An update on arrests and reported crime relating to the 3rd May elections have been released by Tower Hamlets police and the Met’s Special Enquiry Team (SET).

A full version of the report in Bangladeshi can be found here [PDF]. 

There is no significant increase from the previous report but there is the addition of the assault on an Aspire candidate in Wapping at Reardon House.

Photo of Reardon House, Wapping the scene of a serious assault on an Aspire candidate
Reardon House, Wapping was the scene of a serious assault on an Aspire candidate

This is the first time an allegation of violent crime relating to the election campaign has been listed.

As of 1000 hours on Thursday 19th April 2018 the Special Enquiry Team (SET) have received a total of 55 notifications/allegations in relation to the Local and Mayoral Elections on 3rd May 2018..

Of these 45 relate specifically to London Borough of Tower Hamlets..

  • Three of the Tower Hamlets allegations were reported by members of the public..
  • 31 (69%) of Tower Hamlets allegations have been reported by Councillors or Candidates from LBTH..
  • 22 of the Tower Hamlets allegations relate to the same offence, i.e. Sec 106 RPA False Statement as to Candidate..
  • 16 Allegations are from comments persons have made on social media..
  • 12 Allegations are now closed as no evidence of a criminal offence..
  • Three allegations were referred to the CPS for Early investigative Advice. CPS advised no criminal offences had been committed in all 3 cases..
  • Words of Advice will be provided to 2 candidates re their behaviour, conduct and considerations to be made when posting information on social media sites..

Relevant Arrests and Reported Crime – Special Enquiry 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.

Number Date Reported *Report format Allegation Reported By SET Update
1 February 1, 2017 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Member of Public Closed – no evidence of a crime
2 November 1, 2017 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Journalist Ongoing
3 December 1, 2017 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Councillor Closed – no evidence of a crime
4 December 1, 2017 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Closed
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 Closed – no evidence of a crime
9 December 1, 2017 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor Closed – no evidence of a crime
10 January 1, 2018 Crime Report Corrupt withdrawal of candidature allegation. Candidate Ongoing
11 January 1, 2018 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Councillor Closed – no evidence of a crime
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 Closed – no evidence of a crime
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 Closed – no evidence of a crime
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 Closed – no evidence of a crime
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 Closed – no evidence of a crime
29 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Tampering with ballot papers allegation. Journalist Ongoing
30 February 1, 2018 Crime Report Bribery allegation. Journalist Ongoing – Duplicate on No 5 Appendix B list.
31 February 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
32 February 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
33 March 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
34 March 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
35 March 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
36 March 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
37 March 1, 2018 Crime Report No Criminal Offence – Civil Dispute Councillor or Candidate Closed – no evidence of a crime
38 March 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
39 March 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
40 March 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
41 March 1, 2018 Crime Report Election publication complaint Member of the Public Ongoing
42 April 1, 2018 Crime Report Postal Vote Fraud allegation Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
43 April 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
44 April 1, 2018 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Member of the Public Ongoing
45 April 1, 2018 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Journalist Ongoing
46 April 1, 2018 Crime Report False Statement as to Candidate allegation. Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
47 April 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
48 April 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
49 April 1, 2018 Crime Report Postal Vote Fraud allegation Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
50 April 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
51 April 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
52 April 1, 2018 Crime Report Canvassing Activity Councillor or Candidate Ongoing
53 April 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
54 April 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A
55 April 1, 2018 NON TOWER HAMLETS N/A

Reporting suspected electoral crimes

If you are aware of any electoral crimes taking place you can report electoral fraud online here online or you can contact the police directly by emailing SETelections@met.police.uk.

You can also call 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 who will pass the information on to Tower Hamlets Police.

Tower Hamlets – CID

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

Number Date Reported *Report format Allegation Reported By Tower Hamlets CID Update
1 January 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor or candidate Ongoing investigation
2 January 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor or candidate Ongoing investigation
3 January 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor or candidate Ongoing investigation
4 January 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor or candidate Ongoing investigation
5 February 1, 2018 Crime report Bribery Councillor or candidate Passed to SET Team. Duplicated as No.30 on appendix A list.
6 March 1, 2018 Crime report S/Send Letters Journalist Closed
7 March 1, 2018 Crime report Crime related -Incident Use of police Imagery Councillor or candidate Closed – Letter of advice given by Borough Commander
8 March 1, 2018 Crime report Malicious communications Councillor or candidate Ongoing investigation
9 March 1, 2018 Crime report Public order Councillor or candidate Ongoing investigation
10 March 1, 2018 Crime report Crime related -Incident Use of police Imagery Councillor or candidate Closed – Letter of advice given by Borough Commander
11 April 1, 2018 Crime report GBH Councillor or candidate Ongoing Investigation.
12 April 1, 2018 Crime report Common Assault Councillor or candidate Closed – Community Resolution


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