Unexpected visitor hogs the limelight at Exeter polling station

An Exeter polling station reported a spike in visitors on Thursday when a hedgehog turned up unexpectedly during voting hours.

The hedgehog climbed steps of the Sea Cadets premises, in Haven Banks, walked past a teller and visited the ladies’ loo and kitchen while the public voted in the General Election.

Exeter City Council, which manned 51 polling stations across the city, said the hedgehog was rescued by a member of the public.

Poll Clerk Maggie Keenan said the prickly visitor caused ‘quite a stir’ among voters.

“He casually strolled in and members of the public were very intrigued with him and took lots of pictures,” she said.

An Exeter City Council spokesperson said: “A hedgehog turned up unexpectedly at a polling station in the city whilst voting for the General Election was taking place.

“The hedgehog appeared at the polling station at the Sea Cadets premises in Haven Banks.

“A member of the public came back to the polling station with a cardboard box and blanket and took him home to feed and care for him with the intension of getting him to a rescue centre.”

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