GENERAL ELECTION 2017: Voters in Peterborough head to the polls amid increased security measures

Voters in Peterborough are today heading to the polls to vote in the 2017 General Election - and they may notice an increased security presence.

Thursday, 8th June 2017, 11:50 am
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 12:50 pm
Police at the polling station at the Beeches School

Extra police and temporary Peterborough City Council CCTV has been rolled out at polling stations across the area to ensure the day runs smoothly.

A police spokesman said: “While there is no specific threat to Cambridgeshire, there has been an increased visible policing presence, particularly in crowded places, since the terror attack in London and that will continue throughout polling day.

“Police are asking the public to be alert, but not alarmed, and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity.”

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The polling station at The King's School showing a council CCTV warning

Chief Inspector Laura Koscikiewicz, who will be leading the operation for Cambridgeshire Police, said: “We are working closely with the local councils to ensure the elections in Cambridgeshire run smoothly and in an honest and transparent manner.”

Peterborough City Council has also installed CCTV at 11 polling stations to tackle electoral fraud.

A spokesman said: “There are CCTV cameras situated at 11 polling stations in the city. This is the same number that were in place at last year’s local election.

“Cameras act as a deterrent to individuals considering electoral fraud as well as helping to gather intelligence in the event of allegations of fraud.

Not your average polling station - this one's at The Botolph Arms pub in Oundle Road

“We, alongside the police, are committed to ensuring Peterborough residents are able to use their vote safely and freely without fear or intimidation.

“If you are suspicious or worried about anything to do with voting and elections you should phone the police on 101. If an incident is in action call 999.”

The polling station at The King's School showing a council CCTV warning
Not your average polling station - this one's at The Botolph Arms pub in Oundle Road