Great Yarmouth UKIP election fraud trial: Two party workers cleared

Daniel Thistlethwaite Daniel Thistlethwaite was cleared of making a false statement in nomination papers for a county council election

Two UKIP party workers accused of being involved in electoral fraud in Norfolk have been cleared.

Michael Monk, 60, of Hopton and Daniel Thistlethwaite, 19, of Belton, were acquitted of making a false statement in nomination papers.

They were on trial at Norwich Crown Court with former UKIP parliamentary candidate Matthew Smith.

Mr Smith, of Gorleston, denies six counts of making a false statement in nomination papers.

The jury is still considering their verdict on these charges.

He also denies knowing nomination papers contained false signatures and three counts of making false nomination papers.

He is the party's county council member for Gorleston St Andrews and had been selected to stand for parliament in the Great Yarmouth seat but stood down when the allegations came to light.

The charges relate to county council elections in the Great Yarmouth area, in May 2013, when Mr Smith stood for election and acted as UKIP's electoral agent.

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