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MEP arrested on fraud allegation

A member of the European Parliament for the East has been arrested on suspicion of obtaining money by deception.

Tom Wise, 60, from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire was questioned by police on Friday about an alleged fraud. He was later given bail.

The former policeman who was elected for UKIP had the party whip withdrawn in 2007 and now sits as an independent.

Mr Wise, who represents Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, was elected in 2004.

He is one of seven MEPs covering the east of England.

A spokesperson from Bedfordshire Police told the BBC a man was arrested for obtaining money by deception and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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