Sources are telling me Nikki Sinclaire has been bailed until October

A West Midlands MEP has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament.

The arrest of Nikki Sinclaire and three other people were part of an inquiry following an allegation made in 2010 into allowances and expenses.

Ms Sinclaire, 43, was arrested at a police station in Birmingham.

Two women, aged 55 and 39, and a man aged 19 were arrested at addresses in Solihull, Worcester and Birmingham. All four have been released on police bail.

They were all arrested on Wednesday.

In a statement Nikki said

“Nikki Sinclaire attended the police station voluntarily yesterday and has co-operated with the police.  Nikki Sinclaire MEP disputes all allegations put towards her or her staff. Nikki Sinclaire MEP and her office will continue to fully co-operate with the police on this matter. The allegations at hand are old allegations from a disgruntled ex-employee who himself is under investigation and whose motives are entirely political to pursue his advancement in  UKIP. This is particularly frustrating to Ms Sinclaire who is eager to clear her name and has nothing to hide.

Due to the on-going police investigation it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time”
Sources are telling me Nikki Sinclaire has been bailed until October.
Sources also say that another MEP thought to be from the West Midlands will be arrested within the next week.

UPDATE

Sources are telling me Nikki Sinclaire has been bailed until October

An MEP has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament.

West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire, 43, was arrested along with three others yesterday, Ukip MEP for the West Midlands Mike Nattrass said.

He said the three others who were arrested by West Midlands Police were employees who worked with the independent MEP.

West Midlands Police confirmed a 43-year-old woman was arrested at a police station in Birmingham yesterday along with three other people on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament.

Two women, aged 55 and 39, and a 19-year-old man were arrested at addresses in Solihull, Worcester and Birmingham and were taken to a police station for questioning yesterday.

Searches were carried out at the addresses of the four people by officers investigating an allegation made in 2010 regarding allowances and expenses, a police spokeswoman said.

All four have since been released on police bail, she added.

On her Twitter page today, a spokesman for Miss Sinclaire said the MEP attended the police station in Birmingham voluntarily yesterday and co-operated fully with the police.

“This is particularly frustrating to Ms Sinclaire who is eager to clear her name and has nothing to hide,” tweets on the MEP’s page said.

The MEP “disputes all allegations put towards her or her staff”, which were “old allegations made by a disgruntled ex-employee who himself is under investigation and whose motives are entirely political to pursue his advancement in Ukip”, they continued.

Due to the police investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time, it added.

It said Miss Sinclaire and her office would continue to “fully co-operate with the police on this matter”.

In a short statement, Ukip said Ms Sinclaire ceased to be an MEP for the party in 2010.

“It would be inappropriate for the party to make any comment during the process of an ongoing police inquiry,” the statement said.

Sources are telling me Nikki Sinclaire has been bailed until October.

Sources also say that another MEP thought to be from the West Midlands will be arrested within the next week.

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