VIDEO: Stolen Eastbourne ballot papers - council chiefs reassure voters

Town Hall bosses have reassured voters in Eastbourne that everything is being done to prevent fraud in the aftermath of thousands of blank ballot papers going missing when a delivery van was stolen.

More than 200,000 papers are having to be reprinted in new colours after the original ones disappeared when a van was targeted by thieves on Tuesday night as the papers were due to be delivered to Eastbourne ahead of next Thursday’s parliamentary and borough elections.

No Caption ABCDE EMN-150420-161041001

No Caption ABCDE EMN-150420-161041001

A number of blank papers destined for the Hastings parliamentary election are also missing.

The exact details of how the van was stolen or where from remains a mystery but police are investigating.

Deputy returning officer for the elections next week Peter Finnis explains what is being done about the theft of the sensitive documents

For the full story on the theft of the van and its contents click here