Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes. Picture by Peter Boam.
POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Simon Hayes has welcomed a decision from the CPS not to pursue allegations of electoral fraud against him.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced yesterday (Monday) that it had investigated allegations Mr Hayes had lied about his address, and passed details to the Crown Prosecution Service which said it was taking no further action.
Earlier this year the IPCC launched an investigation into claims Mr Hayes was living with his wife in Northamptonshire, despite giving his address as Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire, when he stood for election to become Police and Crime Commissioner.
He could have faced prosecution for election fraud if he had not been living inside the Hampshire police area on the day he was elected to the £85,000 a year role.
Mr Hayes denied the allegations throughout and said he had lived in the county for decades.
He said: "The IPCC and the CPS have considered whether there were any irregularities relating to my residency at the time of my nomination.
"The complaint made by the losing candidate that I did not live in Hampshire was considered by the IPCC to be without merit. I am naturally pleased at the finding. In addition, I can confirm that the CPS has considered that there was no evidence to suggest that there was anything improper in my nomination form.
"Although an intrusion into my personal life, this has not distracted me from my responsibilities to the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
"I am satisfied that the matter has been thoroughly investigated and I have been found to have done nothing wrong."