THE Mayor of Halton has been released from police bail without charge following a three-month investigation into allegations of electoral fraud.
Cllr Pat Tyrrell, 73, and his 45-year-old daughter, were told police have completed their inquiries - and the matter has now been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to decide.
Police swooped at Cllr Tyrrell's home in Caernarvon Close in early August, and quizzed him for 11 hours about June's local and European elections.
The arrests and allegations relate to forgery and personation under the Local Elections (Pilots) Act 2004 - which involves filling in ballot forms in the absence of the voter.
A 69-year-old woman and 18-year-old man have also been released from police bail after attending Warrington police station.
The DPP received the police file last week and could still request for charges to be brought through the Crown Prosecution Service.
A spokesman for Cheshire police said: 'Following a full and thorough investigation into allegations concerning voting irregularities in the local elections held in June 2004 for the Castlefields ward, Cheshire police can confirm that a detailed file relating to allegations of personation, under the Pilots Act 2004 and of forgery has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions offices in York for consideration.
'It is standard procedure to release from bail anyone connected to an investigation referred to the Director of Public Prosecution for consideration.'
Cllr Tyrrell, a Labour councillor for more than 20 years of the Castlefields ward, said: 'The inquiry has concluded without any charges made against me.
'I will continue to work for the people of Halton and my constituents in Castlefields.'