Two weeks before the May local elections, UKIP candidate Richard Wilkins, was accused by the IW Conservative Association Chairman, Alan Wells, of falsifying signatures on his nomination papers.
The allegation was then reported to the police a week before the election, leaving very little time before polling day for Mr Wilkins to prove his innocence or otherwise.
On prompting from OnTheWight, the police stated two days before the election, “This is a sensitive and complex case during local elections, and it is of paramount importance that all enquiries are carried out diligently.”
Where did the case go?
Wondering where this case went, OnTheWight asked the police for an update on the investigation last week.
They replied –
“This matter is now in the hands of the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) in London who deal with such matters.
“Whilst the case is under investigation we wouldn’t be able to make any further comments.”
Richard Wilkins received 168 votes in the local election, not enough to secure the seat which was won by Conservative Matthew Price with 356 votes.