A Teesside political candidate was left shocked when he was refused a pint in his local because of derogatory comments he was accused of posting on the internet.
Ted Strike, the UKIP candidate for Stockton South in next year’s general election, said that remarks posted on review site tripadvisor about the Beckfields pub in Ingleby Barwick were not made by him.
Under the moniker “TeddyStrike”, comments were posted which made false allegations of drug use at the pub and criticised food and beer.
But Mr Strike, who has been drinking in the pub since it opened 19 years ago, said: “I don’t know who has posted these comments online but by using my name and making disparaging remarks, it is an attempt to discredit me.
“I couldn’t be certain why but I think it is because I am a UKIP candidate.
“It has happened to me before.
“Last year, someone set up a Twitter account pretending to be me and I have never even used Twitter.”
“The first I knew of these comments was when I went into the pub on Sunday night and was told I was barred but I managed to clear it up with them.
“I’ve informed police about it all.
“It’s not on.”
A spokesperson for The Beckfields said: “The fraudulent post and false allegations made are being investigated by the police.
“We take responsible retailing seriously to ensure the safety of our customers and staff and have a zero tolerance approach to drugs.”
Cleveland Police confirmed that they have spoken to Mr Strike and said they would follow up on any further information they received.
Mr Strike has since tried to clear up the matter by posting his true review of the pub on tripadvisor, which is the biggest online review forum in the UK.
It is the second time this week that a UKIP candidate has claimed foul play over postings on the internet, after European election candidate Phillip Broughton said a video posted of him was taken “completely out of context”.
The Guido Fawkes political blog had knitted together video clips of Phillip, also an amateur wrestler, boasting about his income and mocking the poor while acting in character but he laughed it off and said that people would understand the context.
Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette 02 May 2014