Mercedes van with 200,000 election ballot papers stolen from Dagenham
PUBLISHED: 16:11 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:11 01 May 2015
A van containing more than 200,000 ballot papers for next week’s general election was stolen in Dagenham on Tuesday.
Police believe the white Mercedes Benz Sprinter was parked in Longbridge Road at about 7.30pm, but only discovered to have been stolen almost 11 hours later.
Local authorities in Sussex have confirmed the vehicle – which has a registration number of KN64 UPD – contained 72,300 voting slips for Hastings and Rye, and 130,000 for Eastbourne.
Both Hastings and Eastbourne councils say arrangements have been made to reprint and deliver further papers in time for Thursday’s polling day.
A spokesman for Eastbourne council said the new forms were being printed on different coloured paper to the originals, making any stolen papers easy to detect.
A Hastings council spokesman said: “We have been in touch with the Electoral Commission and following their guidance we have put a process in place which will ensure that these ballot papers are not used for fraudulent purposes and cannot be included in the count.”
Anyone who sees the van or has information about its theft should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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