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Update on IPCC investigation into election law breach - issued 3 January 2017

The following update is provided by Andrew White, chief executive of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez informed me that she attended an interview with West Mercia Police on 22 December to discuss allegations relating to election expenses and potential breaches of electoral law on expenses in the Torbay constituency during the 2015 general election campaign.

In May, I referred these allegations, which occurred when Alison was the election agent for the Conservative candidate Kevin Foster, to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

On completion of West Mercia’s investigation a report will be presented to the IPCC and a decision will be made whether the case should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

This investigation is one of a number of similar investigations being undertaken across the country.

I will issue further updates as and when any relevant information, that I am allowed to disclose by the relevant bodies, becomes available.