Latest election policing report published by MPS Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets local and mayoral elections take place on Thursday 3rd May and the Metropolitan Police have issued the latest policing update on relevant arrests and reported crime.

Seven new allegations are being dealt with by the Special Enquiry Team (SET) who only deal with electoral related reports and there are only two additions to the allegations being dealt with by Tower Hamlets CID.

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

Seven of the reports in the main table below were deemed to be not Tower Hamlets incidents.

The new allegations that SET are looking into are related to postal voting and false statements.

The two new allegations Tower Hamlets CID are dealing with are public order and “Crime related – Incident Use of police Imagery” which sounds intriguing.

Nine ‘Words of Advice’ have now been provided to one candidate re their ‘behaviour, conduct and considerations to be made when posting information on social media sites’.

Reardon House GBH

The serious assault on an Aspire candidate at Reardon House, Wapping is still being investigated. As previously stated LW is not going to forget about this and we urge anyone with any information to come forward and talk to the police.

Abduallah Al Mamun injury featured

Allegations reported to Special Enquiry Team (SET)

The table below reflects all allegations made that are under investigation by the Special Enquiry Team (SET). These are the 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 1500 hours on Friday 27th April 2018 the SET have received a total of 68 notifications/allegations in relation to the Local and Mayoral Elections on 3rd May 2018

Of these 51 relate specifically to London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

  • Four of the Tower Hamlets allegations were reported by members of the public.
  • 36 (71%) of Tower Hamlets allegations have been reported by Councillors or Candidates from LBTH
  • 23 (45%) of the Tower Hamlets allegations relate to the same offence, i.e. Sec 106 RPA False Statement as to Candidate.
  • 20 Allegations arise from comments persons have made on social media.
  • Four allegations relate to postal votes. The SET are working closely with LBTH Electoral Services in relation to these allegations.
  • One allegation of electoral fraud has been reported via the LBTH public portal
  • 13 Allegations are now closed as no evidence of a criminal offence.
  • Allegations have been referred to the CPS for Early investigative Advice. CPS advised no criminal offences had been committed in all 4 cases.
  • Nine words of Advice have now been provided to 1 candidate re their behaviour, conduct and considerations to be made when posting information on social media sites. A further candidate will also be provided with Words of Advice.

The tables below outlines the Tower Hamlets notifications /allegations:

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 the RPA offences of electoral fraud and malpractice in relation to the Local & Mayoral Elections on May 3rd 2018.
No.Date ReportedReport formatAllegationReported BySET Update
1Feb-17Crime ReportCanvassing ActivityMember of PublicClosed - no evidence of a crime
2Nov-17Crime ReportCanvassing ActivityJournalistOngoing
3Dec-17Crime ReportCanvassing ActivityCouncillor or CandidateClosed - no evidence of a crime
4Dec-17Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateClosed - on CPS advice
5Dec-17Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
6Dec-17Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
7Dec-17Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateClosed - Closed - CPS advice sought - words of advice
8Dec-17Crime ReportBreach of Imprint allegation.Councillor or CandidateClosed - no evidence of a crime
9Dec-17Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateClosed - no evidence of a crime
10Jan-18Crime ReportCorrupt withdrawal of candidature allegation.Councillor or CandidateClosed - on CPS advice
11Jan-18Crime ReportCanvassing ActivityCouncillor or CandidateClosed - no evidence of a crime
12Jan-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
13Jan-18Crime ReportMisuse of corporate literature.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
14Jan-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
15Jan-18Crime ReportFalse document.MPClosed - no evidence of a crime
16Feb-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateClosed - no evidence of a crime
17Feb-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateClosed - CPS advice sought - words of advice
18Feb-18Crime ReportTreating allegationCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
19Feb-18Crime ReportInfluencing journalists allegationJournalistOngoing
20Feb-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
21Feb-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
22Feb-18Crime ReportTreating allegationJournalistOngoing
23Feb-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.CouncillorOngoing
24Feb-18Crime ReportCanvassing ActivityCommunity FigureOngoing
25Feb-18Crime ReportBreach of Data Protection Act allegationJournalistClosed - no evidence of a crime
26Feb-18Crime ReportForgery/False Instrument allegation.JournalistOngoing
27Feb-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
28Feb-18Crime ReportBribery allegation.JournalistClosed - no evidence of a crime
29Feb-18Crime ReportTampering with ballot papers allegation.JournalistOngoing
30Feb-18Crime ReportBribery allegation.JournalistOngoing Duplicate on No 5 Appendix B list.
31Feb-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
32Feb-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
33Mar-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
34Mar-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
35Mar-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
36Mar-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
37Mar-18Crime ReportNo Criminal Offence - Civil DisputeCouncillor or CandidateClosed - no evidence of a crime
38Mar-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
39Mar-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
40Mar-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
41Mar-18Crime ReportElection publication complaintMember of the PublicOngoing
42Apr-18Crime ReportPostal Vote Fraud allegationCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
43Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
44Apr-18Crime ReportCanvassing ActivityMember of the PublicOngoing
45Apr-18Crime ReportCanvassing ActivityJournalistOngoing
46Apr-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegation.Councillor or CandidateOngoing
47Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
48Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
49Apr-18Crime ReportPostal Vote Fraud allegationCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
50Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
51Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
52Apr-18Crime ReportCanvassing ActivityCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
53Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
54Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
55Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
56Apr-18Crime ReportPostal Vote Fraud allegationCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
57Apr-18Crime ReportFalse Statement on Nomination FormCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
58Apr-18Crime ReportBreach of Imprint allegationCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
59Apr-18Crime ReportPostal Vote Secrecy allegationCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
60Apr-18Crime ReportPostal Vote Fraud allegationMember of the Public via LBTH public portalOngoing
61Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
62Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
63Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
64Apr-18Crime ReportFalse Statement as to Candidate allegationCouncillor or CandidateOngoing
65Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
66Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
67Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/A
68Apr-18NONTOWERHAMLETSN/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, councillor or candidate:
NumberDate Reported*Report formatAllegationReported ByTower Hamlets CID Update
1Jan-18Crime reportMalicious communicationsCouncillor or candidateOngoing investigation
2Jan-18Crime reportMalicious communicationsCouncillor or candidateOngoing investigation
3Jan-18Crime reportMalicious communicationsCouncillor or candidateOngoing investigation
4Jan-18Crime reportMalicious communicationsCouncillor or candidateOngoing investigation
5Feb-18Crime reportBriberyCouncillor or candidatePassed to SET Team. Duplicated as No.30 on appendix A list.
6Mar-18Crime reportS/Send LettersJournalistClosed
7Mar-18Crime reportCrime related -Incident Use of police ImageryCouncillor or candidateClosed - Letter of advice given by Borough Commander
8Mar-18Crime reportMalicious communicationsCouncillor or candidateOngoing investigation
9Mar-18Crime reportPublic orderCouncillor or candidateOngoing investigation
10Mar-18Crime reportCrime related -Incident Use of police ImageryCouncillor or candidateClosed - Letter of advice given by Borough Commander
11Apr-18Crime reportGBHCouncillor or candidateOngoing Investigation.
12Apr-18Crime reportCommon AssaultCouncillor or candidateClosed
13Apr-18Crime reportPublic OrderAgentOngoing Investigation
14Apr-18Crime reportCrime related -Incident Use of police ImageryCouncillor or candidateClosed - Letter of advice given by Borough Commander

LW Comment

LW is unsure if the nine Words of Advice were all given to the same candidate? And if so what were the nine words? Stop. Throwing. All. Your. Toys. Out. Of. Your. Pram. is our bet although we would have added And. Grow. Up.

And while it is not acceptable for there to be any allegations of electoral crimes during an election period, compared to the elections of 2014 and 2015 it is dead quiet this year.

You can almost hear the tumbleweed rolling along the streets.

Photograph of tumbleweed rolling along Whitechapel earlier this morning.

To be honest the Wapping Mole misses chasing dodgy canvassers around the streets of our borough but times change.

It would be nice to think the relative peace and quiet is because local politicians, their parties and their supporters have grown up but this is a fanciful notion. 

The only reason that the borough has been clam is because Tower Hamlets police and their colleagues in the SET at New Scotland Yard have deployed huge resources to ensure the election is fair.

This operation will peak on Thursday when over 600 police officers will be on duty in Tower Hamlets. So if anyone is even thinking of scratching their arse in a manner which is against electoral rules they are advised to not scratch.

Whatever the outcome of the elections the real challenge for the borough will be in moving forward during the next four years in a manner so that at the next scheduled local and mayoral elections this amount of policing is not necessary.

Only time will tell if that can be achieved.


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