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Police probe poll official mugging

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A police inquiry has been launched amid claims that an election official was mugged as she transported ballot boxes to a counting centre in Birmingham.

The incident in Birmingham’s Harborne ward reportedly led to the seals being broken on boxes containing both local council and AV referendum ballot papers.

A joint statement issued by West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council confirmed that an allegation had been made about ballot boxes in the Harborne area.

The joint statement read: “The police were informed and are currently making inquiries.

“The law states the council has to count and declare a result - it is then up to individuals or parties to make a decision on whether to challenge a result through the courts.

“The council and police are working closely together on this matter.”

Conservative councillor Peter Douglas Osborn, who represents the nearby Weoley ward, said details of the incident were not yet clear.

But Mr Osborn added: “The message we have had is that the lady deliverer was mugged and two of the seals on the boxes were broken.

“I have no information apart from that and it could be just rumour, but I know the police are involved and I am sure we have not heard the last of the fracas.”

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