anti-Brexit Party "arsonist" found making to false claims

Matt Snape finds claims of anti-Brexit Party "arsonist" to be most likely the result of an overactive imagination; after Peterbrough Council confirms he was never a by-election counting agent.

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Matt Snape
On 20 June 2019 22:08

Peterborough Council has rejected claims an alleged anti-Brexit Party arsonist was a counting agent during the recent by-election.

Alan Roddis caused a storm on social media by claiming he burnt ‘over 1000’ Brexit Party votes and ‘laughed’ whilst he was doing it.

He suggested there is a ‘government directive’ to do this to ‘stop fascist scum like Farage’ from getting elected.

Peterborough Council confirmed there is no record of him working as a counting agent during the recent by-election, which saw Labour’s Lisa Forbes retain the parliamentary seat by 683 votes.

They said: ‘I can confirm that we have referred this comment thread to the police, and it is now in their hands to investigate.

‘Cambridgeshire Constabulary has a dedicated team to work jointly with Peterborough City Council to investigate allegations of electoral malpractice. People can be rest assured that any corrupt practices will be treated very seriously, and action taken if offences come to light.’

 

Mr. Roddis made the claims on a Facebook group called ‘Boris Johnson Supporters’ Group’, which supports the former London Mayor’s bid for Prime Minister.

 

The Facebook user’s comments provoked angry reactions. One account asked him to clarify if he had committed a criminal offence.

 

Another wrote: ‘So Peterborough is under investigation for voter fraud and the BBC aren’t covering it.

 

‘After someone proudly boasted of burning votes.’

 

A Brexit Party spokesperson said Mr. Roddis’s actions could corrupt the election’s outcome and called it a criminal offence.

 

The Peterborough Telegraph reported authorities believe there is no evidence of wrongdoing, and that only 400 of 9,898 postal vote ballots were rejected.

 

The 69.6 percent return of postal votes was much lower than the 81 percent at the 2017 General Election (11,930 in total).

 

The Peterborough by-election was triggered following the resignation of Fiona Onasanya, who won the seat in 2017. She was convicted of lying over a speeding offence and thrown out of the party, becoming the first MP to be ousted under recall rules.

Mr. Roddis was approached for comment but ignored The Commentator’s request to do so.

 

Matt Snape is a freelance journalist whose stories have been featured in numerous national, local and specialist publications

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