Police DROP criminal investigation into Leave.EU over referendum spending saying there is ‘insufficient evidence’ to justify continuing probe

  • Police have been examining Electoral Commission file on Leave.EU campaign
  • They announce that they are dropping the case due to insufficient evidence
  • Spokesman says ‘technical breaches of electoral law were committed’

Police have dropped the investigation into the Leave.EU referendum campaign, saying there is ‘insufficient evidence to justify any further criminal investigation’. 

The Met Police said they have passed a file of advice to the CPS following it’s investigation, but the campaigner’s organisers would be told they faced no further action. 

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘It is clear that whilst some technical breaches of electoral law were committed by Leave.EU in respect of the spending return submitted for their campaign, there is insufficient evidence to justify any further criminal investigation.

Brexiteer Aaron Banks at a Leave.EU meeting in November 2015. Organisers today found out the police are discontinuing an investigation into the campaign

‘Leave.EU’s responsible person has been has been told that they will face no further police action.

‘The investigation into the spending returns of Vote Leave and BeLeave remains ongoing.’

Detectives were handed more than 2,400 documents by the Electoral Commission last summer and has been studying them to consider whether any criminality had taken place. 

Commander Alex Murray, of Central Specialist Crime, said: ‘It was right to investigate the allegation, however following detailed enquiries it became apparent that the nature of potential breaches of the regulations, the criminal standard of proof required in court and the actions taken by Leave.EU to adhere to the regulations, mean that it is now appropriate to take no further action.’

 

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