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Case against Norfolk UKIP councillor Matthew Smith to go to crown court

19:09 04 April 2014

Matthew Smith, UKIP county councillor for Gorleston St Andrew

Matthew Smith, UKIP county councillor for Gorleston St Andrew's. Picture: James Bass

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The case against a Norfolk UKIP councillor and two other would-be candidates who are accused of electoral fraud has been sent to crown court.

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Matthew Smith, who was elected in May and represents Gorleston St Andrew’s division on the county council, is accused of six counts of making a false statement in nomination papers and three of making a false instrument with intent.

The charges relate to nomination papers put forward in the Norfolk County Council elections held in the Great Yarmouth district between March and April last year.

Smith 26, of High Street, Gorleston, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court today alongside Michael Monk and Daniel Thistlethwaite.

Monk, 60, of Freeman Close, Hopton, and Thistlethwaite, 19, of Station Road South, Belton, each face a charge of making a false statement in nomination papers.

The trio did not enter a plea.

They were given unconditional bail to return to Norwich Crown Court on April 22.

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