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Renee Slater reunited with election mannequin Helena Torry

Renee Slater and Helena Torry
Image caption Renee Slater has been reunited with Helena Torry

A mannequin seized by police as part of an investigation into alleged electoral fraud in Aberdeen has finally been reunited with its owner.

Renee Slater was taken to court over the name Helena Torry being put forward to stand in the May election.

A sheriff ruled there was no case to answer after two days of evidence last month.

The mannequin had been held in storage by Grampian Police, but has now been released.

Ms Slater was charged under the Representation of the People Act 1983 and went on trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Ms Slater was charged with adding a candidate she knew was, in fact, a mannequin.

She told BBC Scotland that she was now delighted to have been reunited with Helena Torry on Wednesday morning.

The Crown Office had been considering its position after the court case.

A spokesperson told BBC Scotland on Wednesday: "Following full and careful consideration of all of the facts and circumstances there will be no further proceedings.

"The case is now closed."

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