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Police probe into allegations of £600,000 SNP donations fraud codenamed Operation Branchform

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A police probe into allegations of a £600,000 SNP donations fraud has been codenamed Operation Branchform by detectives. The investigation was launched last year after it was claimed money had been illegally diverted from a “ring-fenced” fund to fight an independence referendum.

The row over the “missing” cash sparked the resignation of several senior nationalists from the party’s ruling body. It was claimed SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, who is married to Nicola Sturgeon, had refused them permission to see the party’s accounts.

The party has not said if either have been interviewed by police, but criminal ­complaints from at least 19 people have now been received.Sean Clerkin, the ­campaigner who made the first formal ­complaint, said: “It seems clear to me that this was money that people were told would be used to fight a referendum campaign and it was spent on other things.“The police need to step up this investigation.

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