“14 March 2014
The Council is aware of a number of allegations on social media sites concerning the outcome of the local election on May 2013 and in particular the Cowpen ward.
The Council is familiar with the concerns raised and has assisted Northumbria Police in its investigation.
One allegation was that 31 postal votes went missing – 31 votes were rejected on polling day because they failed the verification process – they were not unaccounted for.
In or around September 2013 a detailed file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service. Having reviewed the information available the CPS has taken the decision that there is insufficient evidence to provide realistic prospects of conviction for any offence.
We would like to assure the public that the council has well established and robust systems in place for managing local elections.”
This seems to conflict totally with UKIP’s Councillor Elliott’s view of the situation. He has released the following statement:
“I can categorically state that police investigations continue into the events re the postal vote fraud allegation made by Grant Davey / his colleagues / others .
Professional standards of Northumbria police are currently investigating the standards of policing that went on throughout the period .
It would appear a ” DETAILED” file was not sent to CPS and they based their decision on a ” weak ” presentation .
Professional standards currently preparing a statement (it is taking a long time but unfortunately I can only wait).
New allegations have been submitted re pervert the course of justice around the 31 postal vote statements , when they were counted , who was invited , who was in attendance at count etc .
My evidence trail, (would appear the original police investigating officers missed such) shows Grant Davey/his wife/his team breaching nearly every rule in the electoral pack given to candidates and even disregarding post delivery notices of what he should not do .
Timid old ladies and gentleman were visited by a Cllr and person
A. (that’s what the electoral commission state) . At the time of writing this I can only assume who councilor was!!
After Cllr and A met C and D ( D being a timid old man who stated he was old friends with PG who is the head of the election team NCC refers to ) D would make an allegation to the police approx 24 hours AFTER Grant Davey
Made a phone call to police .
Evidence shows the elections officers and Steve Stewart the CEO liaising with CLLR , and forming opinions BEFORE police were even first phoned.
False , misleading and inaccurate statements made to press
Press publishing incorrect facts (apologies received from editor for this but damage had Already been done)
Police releasing information when it should not have
Grant and his Wife caught inside the polling station with his wife at marked register and his friends and ex work colleagues who were ” policing ” the polling station did not eject them .
Talking to voters in the secrecy of the polling room , influencing them to vote for his wife
A separate postal vote opening session for Cowpen only where ” members ” were present but not me.
I can only assume ( until police investigations are concluded ) who these members were!
These are some or all of the issues that the CPS did not get details of.
If Grant Davey and his wife and colleagues walk from this one then the elections process in this county cannot be considered ” safe”
I have to trust in justice system and will ensure that all the DETAILS are sent to seek the correct prosecutions against those that committed electoral crimes in the Cowpen Election .
I believe NCC producing this statement at a time when they KNOW police investigations continue AGAIN show BIAS towards a political group and its members who have serious allegations against them .
I drive on for justice for those in Cowpen, myself and the electoral process
Barry Elliott .”