A UKIP candidate for a Wearside parliamentary seat says that his party is being targeted by a dirty tricks campaign after a bag filled with excrement and urine was put through a campaign office door.
Richard Elvin and other supporters of the group were out campaigning in the Houghton area on Bank Holiday Monday, May 4.
I first joined Ukip in the late 90s and have witnessed some degree of anti-democratic behaviour towards the party across the country but this incident in Houghton can only be described as extreme intolerance from a group who live in one of the world’s most tolerant societies.Richard Elvin, Ukip candidate for Houghton and Sunderland South
After a day speaking to the public, he and his colleagues returned to their office in Newbottle Street in the town where they discovered a plastic bag filled with faeces.
Party officials say the latest incident comes after six “attacks on democracy” were reported to police in the space of one week in Hetton, Houghton, Newbottle and East Rainton.
They included attacks on campaign signs and property.
Mr Elvin, who is standing for the Houghton and Sunderland South seat, said: “It’s absolutely awful really and very disappointing.
“Words fail me as to what goes through people’s minds’ sometimes.
“I first joined Ukip in the late 90s and have witnessed some degree of anti-democratic behaviour towards the party across the country, but this incident in Houghton can only be described as extreme intolerance from a group who live in one of the world’s most tolerant societies.
“I’m astounded that anyone can show so much hatred towards a political party that stands up for hard-working men and women and simply wants to regain control of our country from Brussels.”
The bag and its contents have now been passed on to Northumbria Police.
Mr Elvin added: “Northumbria Police have been very reactive and sympathetic to these incidents and I appeal to anyone who has witnessed any of these incidents to let the police know.”
A spokeswoman for Northumria Police said: “Between 6pm and 8pm on Monday, May 4, a carrier bag containing excrement was posted through a door on Newbottle Street in Houghton.
“Inquiries are ongoing into the incident and anyone who may have information to help is asked to contact Northumbria police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 186 04/05/15.
Also contesting the Houghton and Sunderland South seat on Thursday are Stewart Hay (Conservative party), Jim Murray (Liberal Democrat party), Bridget Phillipson (Labour party) and Alan Robinson (Green Party).