By-elections date is set after former mayor’s shock ‘porn’ arrest

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A DATE has been set for by-elections to replace Stephen Holmes, who resigned after his shock arrest on suspicion of possession of child porn.

The elections to fill his position as Woodhall Farm councillor on Dacorum Borough Council and Hemel Hempstead Town councillor with Herts County Council will be held on Thursday, June 21.

Nominations for the seats are open until Wednesday, May 23 and nomination papers are available from Democratic Services at Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre on 01442 228000 or by email to jim.doyle@dacorum.gov.uk.

The list of candidates standing will be published on Wednesday, June 13.

Everyone who is on the electoral register in the areas will receive a polling card ahead of election day. If householders want to check whether they are on the register contact the borough council on 01442 228000 and ask for electoral services.

Well-known and popular Mr Holmes stepped down from the council posts the day after his home was raided by police. Six officers went to the Woodhall Farm property at 7.05am on Tuesday last week and confiscated computer equipment.

Married Mr Holmes, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years and owned a computer shop in the Old Town for 12 years, was taken into police custody but released less than three hours later. He has not been charged and police have not yet set a date for him to return to police custody.

To vote in the by-elections residents can use their designated polling station or can vote by post. The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday, June 6. For a form visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/elections or call the electoral registration team on 01442 228230.