Former UKIP politician sentenced for election fraud

EX-Tory MP and UKIP politician Bob Spink has been found guilty of election fraud. Spink, 69, former MP for Castle Point, committed the offences during the Castle Point borough council elections in May last year. A jury at Southwark Crown Court found him guilty of four counts of permitting a false signature to be included on a nomination form for a UKIP councillor. He was given a six months suspended sentence and 150 hours community service. UKIP agent James Parkin, 38, of Canvey Island, was also given the same sentence after being found guilty on two counts of the same charge. Both men must also pay £5,000 each towards costs.

New service for domestic abuse victims
VICTIMS of domestic abuse will be able to access a new service in Tunbridge Wells which will bring together a number of support agencies under one roof. A drop-in centre based at the Salvation Army in Bayhall Road has now opened and there is no need to make an appointment. Visitors will have access to Kent Police as well as services from partners, including housing support, legal advice and victim support.

Benefit fraud at record levels
BENEFIT fraud has reached record levels after it rose by £200 million in the space of a year, the Department of Work and Pensions has admitted. Fraud swallowed up almost £2.1 billion of the department’s total budget of £174 billion – the equivalent of £40 million per week. It means that the DWP now loses almost twice as much money to fraud as the entire budget of the Foreign Office, which is £1.1b per year.