Wearside ; more anti-UKIP action

> UKIP’s intention of becoming the people’s party  in the North East doesn’t seem to be going too well.

First one of their Newcastle candidates managed to upset both Jewish and Muslim voters in less than a week. Then their office in Blyth was targeted.

Now reports of more grassroots action on Wearside…they could be excused for thinking someone doesn’t like them much….

UKIP have hit out at vandals who tore down advertising hoardings and attacked a home, accusing them of an “attack on free speech”.

Party officials say six incidents  have been reported to police in the space of one week in Hetton, Houghton, Newbottle and East Rainton.

It started on Tuesday, April 14, when a 4ft by 4ft board was stolen from a residential garden in South Street, East Rainton.

Then, on Saturday, the acts took a more sinister turn when a Wesleyan Chapel – converted into a home in Front Street, Hetton – was attacked.

 Two children were asleep inside when a window was smashed by vandals who also tore down another 4ft by 4ft Ukip board.

On Sunday, a board on private land at Grasswell was sawn down.

It was replaced on Monday, this time only lasting half an hour before being chopped down again.

On Tuesday, two boards were stolen from a private field at the junction of Murton Lane and Colliery Lane.

The party’s parliamentary candidate for Houghton and Sunderland South, Richard Elvin, said:

“Our parents and grandparents, many of whom gave their lives, fought to preserve our democracy and the right to free speech.

“It appears that many people, especially those who describe themselves as left wing, seek to deny these hard-won freedoms.

“UKIP supporters do not invade private property or steal or vandalise other political parties’ promotional material.

“We appreciate that people have different political views to ours and we show due respect, which is the way everyone in a civilised democracy should behave.

“There is no place for intimidation, theft or damage in a British society, against anyone who does not agree with your personal political beliefs.”

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, of Northumbria Police, said:

“Police take any incidents of criminal damage very seriously.

“We have been made aware of a number of incidents in the Sunderland area regarding advertising boards being damaged or removed.

“We are working closely with the victims to carry out a full investigation.

“I would ask anyone who may have any information about these incidents to contact police.”

Also standing in the parliamentary election for Houghton and Sunderland South are Stewart Hay (Conservative), Jim Murray (LibDem), Bridget Phillipson (Labour) and Alan Robinson (Green Party).

Source – Sunderland Echo, 24 Apr 2015

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One comment

  1. Chris

    I hate to say it but my suspicions tend towards

    Bridget Phillipson (Labour)

    Labour is the most hysterical about the totally irrelevant UKIP, only predicted to gain 4 MPs.

    But the Tories have form. I’m not saying where, but I got it from the horse’s mouth once that a Tory MP went ballistic when he saw a VOTE UKIP banner on a private home. Not in this above area, I may add.

    UKIP has not won an MP yet.

    UKIP gained 2 second hand sitting Tory MPs.

    The most expensive MP in history Farage, from the stupidiest millionaires on the planet paying millions for 1 MP. Wow!

    And whoever this 4th rumoured ex Tory (?) might be?

    REDCAR

    North East Party Philip Lockey

    Yes the North East has its very own party for the region, with 4 ex Labour members.

    Offers Free Elder Care and much reduced Council Tax.

    NORTH EAST
    MP candidates running in:

    EASINGTON

    NEWCASTLE NORTH

    REDCAR

    STOCKTON NORTH

    TUSC IS RUNNING A FAIR FEW MP CANDIDATES IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND

    See my little website, for more links on NE Party and TUSC.

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

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