Tuesday 15 October 2019

Mystery vials delay vote count

Kent police discovered a mysterious liquid in a ballot box
Kent police discovered a mysterious liquid in a ballot box

A council election count has been disrupted after a mysterious liquid was found in a ballot box.

An investigation is under way after two small vials of an "unknown liquid" were found inside a ballot box at a count in Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, said Kent police.

The district count was delayed for three hours while police removed the liquid from the box and took it away for tests, said a Canterbury City Council spokesman.

But the spokesman played down online rumours that the substance was a stink bomb, and said the glass vials had not broken in the ballot box and that "there was no smell".

He added: "There were two small glass vials contained in a ballot box that came from one of the polling stations in Whitstable.

"The vials are with the police waiting for identification of what the liquid is."

The disruption happened at around 10.30am on Friday in The Kings Hall, Herne Bay. Six of the seven division counts continued as normal but the Whitstable count was delayed. It has now resumed.

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