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Election officials locked out of north Norfolk church polling station

PUBLISHED: 17:07 15 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:52 15 November 2012

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Enterprising officials set up shop in a north Norfolk church porch this morning when they were locked out of a polling station.

Staff turned up to man West Beckham Church and found they had been given the wrong keys.

The church is serving as the village polling station in today’s police commissioner elections,

While officials waited for someone to fetch the right set and let them in, they opened for business in the foyer, according to a spokesman for North Norfolk District Council.

The station had been “fully operational” from 7am, as legally required, and moved into the church shortly afterwards when the keys turned up.

She added: “There was a facility to vote in the foyer at 7am but the first voter didn’t turn up until 9.38am anyway.”

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