It appears there is little chance that Richard Wilkins, UKIP candidate for Newport North, will have the opportunity to prove his innocence – or otherwise – before the local elections on Thursday.
Responding to questions OnTheWight put to Isle of Wight Police yesterday, asking whether the investigation might be concluded before the election, they said they weren’t in position to give an exact timetable for enquiries; that the length of the investigation would depend on what evidence becomes available as enquiries continue.
Police also confirmed that, as yet, no one has been arrested or charged.
In a statement the Police did say, “This is a sensitive and complex case during local elections, and it is of paramount importance that all enquiries are carried out diligently.”
Volunteered to be interviewed
The Police have confirmed that a 51 year old man volunteered to be interviewed about the allegations relating to the falsifying of signatures on electoral nomination papers. The interview was carried out under caution.
As yet, the Police haven’t interviewed the potential witnesses, although they say a number of them have been identified and they “will be spoken to in due course.”
If proven to be true in court, the offence that is being accused is very serious and could lead to a prison sentence.