Parties furious over attacks on posters in Colchester

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ACTIVISTS of all political persuasions have reported election signs and posters knocked down or stolen from front gardens.

While many blame the damage on drunken hooligans, some believe their signs have been deliberately targeted.

One board, on the corner of St Peter’s Street and North Hill, in Colchester, has had three Conservative posters drawn on or ripped up in the last month.

One elderly Conservative supporter in Shrub End, who did not wish to be named, has been repeatedly targeted since putting up posters on his door and in his garden.

Two have been torn down in a matter of days, while his car has been covered in mud and a tomato thrown at his door.

He said: “It’s nasty really, but I know this happens. It’s probably hooligans when they’re going home.”

Pauline Hazell, a Conservative councillor, said: “He was definitely targeted.

“Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of it going on.

“People say it’s kids and youths, but I feel if it was them, they would vandalise them all – not just Conservative ones.”

Labour supporter Wendy Bailey, of Maldon Road, contacted police after her two Labour placards were ripped down on Friday night.

She said: “I was very disappointed because we put them up last week and on Friday night we had been to a quiz and we came back and both were smashed.

“My roses and front garden were trampled on.”

Two replacement signs have been placed 20 feet up and have been welded together to deter future vandals.

Mrs Bailey said she believed the replacements were the tallest free-standing signs in the UK.

Robin James, another Maldon Road resident, had his Lib Dem poster stolen, but did not report it to the police.

Lib Dem candidate Bob Russell contacted police after a large sign was stolen from a garden in North Station Road, at the Albert Roundabout.

Anyone with information on the North Station Road theft is asked to contact PC Andy Perrins, at Colchester police station, on 0300 3334444.

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10:43pm Wed 28 Apr 10

Cuthbert says...

I wonder whether there might be a reaction to the sight of a grinning politician on a placard, when their stock with a lot of people is at an all time low?

90% of it is probably mindless yobbery though.
I wonder whether there might be a reaction to the sight of a grinning politician on a placard, when their stock with a lot of people is at an all time low? 90% of it is probably mindless yobbery though. Cuthbert
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8:24am Thu 29 Apr 10

hughie-s says...

"Activists of all political persuasions have reported election signs and posters knocked down or stolen from front gardens. "

Strange that only three of the nine standing in Colchester are mentioned, perhaps there's a message there.
"Activists of all political persuasions have reported election signs and posters knocked down or stolen from front gardens. " Strange that only three of the nine standing in Colchester are mentioned, perhaps there's a message there. hughie-s
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11:47am Thu 29 Apr 10

Voter99 says...

The political parties said nothing when our civil liberties were being stolen and the country was being sold down the river to the European Union.
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They also said nothing while Colchester was being run into the ground.
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Yet now they can find the time to whine about a few signs. Talk about self interest.
The political parties said nothing when our civil liberties were being stolen and the country was being sold down the river to the European Union. . They also said nothing while Colchester was being run into the ground. . Yet now they can find the time to whine about a few signs. Talk about self interest. Voter99
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3:59pm Thu 29 Apr 10

CivicCynic says...

Re the Conservative posters, Maggie's legacy still runs very deep for some people!!!
Re the Conservative posters, Maggie's legacy still runs very deep for some people!!! CivicCynic
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11:22pm Sat 1 May 10

Boris says...

On the A120 near Coggeshall there is a huge Bernard Jenkin poster with a bullet hole in it.
Probably the only election advert out of anyone's reach is the banner on top of Jumbo - which shows how desperate the Tories are.
On the A120 near Coggeshall there is a huge Bernard Jenkin poster with a bullet hole in it. Probably the only election advert out of anyone's reach is the banner on top of Jumbo - which shows how desperate the Tories are. Boris
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