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Police drop investigation into alleged incident at Stourbridge by-election
6:07pm Tuesday 5th February 2013 in News
POLICE say they are no longer investigating a complaint made by the British National Party into an alleged incident at the Wollaston and Stourbridge Town by-election.
Officers were called out after the count at Stourbridge Town Hall where Labour party candidate Barbara Sykes launched a bitter attack on the BNP during her victory speech.
An altercation between political activists was also alleged to have taken place at the count – sparking a complaint to police.
Officers launched an initial investigation but Stourbridge Inspector Dez Lambert confirmed today (Tuesday) that no further action would be taken as there was no evidence that anything of a criminal nature occurred on the night.
Newly-elected councillor Barbara Sykes said in her acceptance speech that she was “sickened” to be in the same room as the BNP.
The retired teacher from Oldswinford polled 847 votes to take the seat in the election which saw Dudley born BNP candidate Ken Griffiths picking up just 96.