Liquid in Herne Bay ballot box: Man sentenced

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A man who admitted placing two small vials of liquid in a ballot box during the Kent County Council elections has been given a community order.

Jonathan Elliott, 47, of Sydney Road, Whitstable, was given a three-month curfew by Canterbury magistrates.

At an earlier hearing he admitted a charge of tampering with nomination papers on 2 May.

The election count was disrupted while police officers removed the liquid from the box in Beacon Hill, Herne Bay.

The vials were taken away for analysis by Canterbury City Council.

Elliott will be electronically-monitored and be subject to a 09:00 to 12:00 and 18:00 to 22:00 curfew for three months. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £50 compensation.

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