The electoral commission has moved to allay worries over voting with a pencil after conspiracy theories started to appear on social media.

So when you head to the polling stations, use your own pen, use your own pencil or just use the one provided.

Do whatever you like, just make sure you clearly mark your intention.

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I am sure I have used a pen every other election.” Over in Stockton Lee Dyson, 36, of Hardwick, has been sitting outside the Salters Lane Community Centre lending pens to those who want to vote.

He said: “When I went in, it was just pencils and I thought ‘why? ’ “I checked and found out you can use pens, so I decided to make sure other people knew that too by sitting outside today, handing them out. They tried to move me on, but then I was allowed to stay.

“A lot of people have brought their own pens because of what’s been on the internet, but a lot haven’t and were happy to get one to take in.” Elsewhere in the UK police were called out to one EU referendum polling station today to quiz a woman handing out pens.

Brexit supporter Jacqueline Jackson even filmed the moment that she was questioned by a police officer in Chichester, claiming police were called by Remain voters who saw her handing out pens.

“If someone wants to use a pen that is fine,” the spokesperson said.

“We would say be careful that the ink has dried before they fold the ballot paper in case it smudges, people just need to make sure their mark is clear and we would ask them to take their pen out of the polling booth with them.” Gateshead voter Anthony Cummings said he was shocked to find only pencils at the polling station in Felling, Gateshead .