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UPDATED: Police launch election fraud probe in Thanet South

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Kent Police has said initial enquiries into a report of electoral fraud in South Thanet have so far found no evidence of wrongdoing.

It was revealed earlier today that the force was investigating a report of electoral fraud in the constituency contested by the Ukip leader Nigel Farage in last Thursday’s general election. 

Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay won the seat with 18,838 votes, while Mr Farage gained 16,026.

Some Ukip supporters speculated that the vote, the result of which was announced later than had been expected, had been rigged.

A spokesman for Kent Police said the force was contacted by a member of the public from outside the county with a concern around election fraud due to speculation on social media. “Initial enquiries by officers have been carried out and so far no evidence of electoral fraud has been found,” he said.

A Ukip spokesman told LGC that the report to the police did not come from the party.

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