IPCC investigates allegation Hampshire police chief lied over where he lives (From Andover Advertiser)
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IPCC investigates allegation Hampshire police chief lied over where he lives
12:07pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in Basingstoke
Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has hit back at allegations that he lied about where he lives.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating claims that Simon Hayes lives with his wife Miranda in Northamptonshire, having given his address as Bishop's Waltham on his nomination form.
Mr Hayes could face prosecution for election fraud if the IPCC decides he was not living inside his police force area on the day he was elected, as the law requires. If found guilty, he could be kicked out of his £85,000-a-year post.
But Mr Hayes, a former leader of New Forest District Council, insisted he had done nothing wrong. He said: “I am content that I completed the nomination form correctly. There is an accusation which is being investigated by the IPCC. I am quite content that it is being investigated.”
The IPCC is investigating a similar allegation that has been made about the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Winston Roddick.
Under electoral regulations, candidates must live within their police force border on polling day. Mr Hayes and Mr Roddick won their roles in the first ever PCC elections in November.
The PCCs replaced existing police authorities in 41 force areas across England and Wales. Just 15.1% of registered voters took part in the elections - the lowest recorded level of participation at a peacetime non-local government election in Britain.
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