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More than 5,000 people in the Lancaster district risk falling off the electoral register unless they take immediate action.

That’s the warning this week from Lancaster City Council as it prepares to publish the latest edition of the electoral register.

Registration forms were sent to every home in the Lancaster district last year, followed up by personal visits by those who did not respond.

Despite this more than 5,000 people have not responded and will be taken off the electoral register when it is published on February 17.

Final reminders have now been sent out urging anyone who receives one to take immediate action.

Mark Cullinan, Lancaster City Council’s chief executive, said: “Many people discover they are not on the electoral register when they have been declined an application for a mobile phone or opening a bank account.

“I would urge anyone who has not yet registered to do so as soon as possible.”

Details are available from the council. Telephone the helpline on 01524 582905.