EU referendum: Police probe ‘voter fraud’ in Edinburgh

An investigation is underway. Picture: Getty
An investigation is underway. Picture: Getty
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Police are investigating five cases of voter fraud in Edinburgh during the referendum.

Five people turned up at polling stations to find their names had already been crossed off the register - suggesting someone else had voted using their name.

It is understood the cases occurred in different parts of the city and are not seen as being linked.

Cases of “personation” are relatively rare.

Sometimes the crossing off of a voter’s name could be the result of an administrative error.

But a council source said: “Police have looked at these enough to decide they want to investigate them.”

A council spokesman confirmed: “Five cases of suspected personation are being investigated by the police.”

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