POLICE are investigating claims of fraud in the local election which saw Ray Mallon was reelected as Middlesbrough mayor.
Cleveland Police has confirmed it is looking into allegations that postal votes registered in the towns Clairville ward are suspicious, after being approached by a former politics lecturer.
Staff from Middlesbrough Council are helping police with their inquiries. There is no suggestion that Mr Mallon is part of the investigation.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: "We are looking into allegations of electoral fraud.
In a separate matter Mr Mallon could face a Standards Board hearing amid claims he breached the authority's code of conduct.
Accusations have been made that he failed to declare his close friendship with a businessman during council meetings about the town's taxi trade.
My comment: The world of politics gets seedier by the day.
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