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Police probe ‘concerns’ over regional news site’s election coverage

Police are investigating “concerns” about a regional news website’s coverage of the recent local elections.

Humberside Police officers are currently assessing a complaint relating to Hull Live, sister website of the Hull Daily Mail.

It is understood the complaint relates to aspects of Hull Live’s coverage of the election on Thursday 6 May.

The force is believed to be considering whether an election day live blog and story published on 6 May by the site contravened Section 66 of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

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The story and blog entries, which were later deleted, had featured vox pops of voters.

Section 66 of the Act states: “No person shall, in the case of an election to which this section applies, publish before the poll is closed any statement relating to the way in which voters have voted at the election where that statement is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information given by voters after they have voted, or any forecast as to the result of the election which is (or might reasonably be taken to be) based on information so given.”

A Humberside Police spokesman told HTFP: “We are aware of concerns regarding the reporting of the election on 6 May by a local media outlet.

“This is currently being assessed by officers.”

Hull Live owner Reach plc declined to comment when approached by HTFP.