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Hayes to face no action over address claim
1:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in New Forest News
PROSECUTORS have dropped any action against Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes over an allegation that he misrepresented his home address.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission passed a report to the Crown Prosecution Service, which decided to take no further action.
Mr Hayes was accused of being misleading about his home on nomination forms for the commissioner elections of November 2012. He was interviewed under criminal caution and always denied any wrongdoing.
Mr Hayes 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.”
Before winning the election as an independent, Mr Hayes had been the chairman of Crimestoppers.
He was previously a Conservative district and county councillor and leader of New Forest District Council.
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