Yobs cover campaign store in offensive slurs

ATTACKED: The UKIP campaign store on Cleveland Street, Chorley
ATTACKED: The UKIP campaign store on Cleveland Street, Chorley
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A Nazi swastika and vile offensive remarks have been daubed on a front window of a town centre UKIP shop.

The incident happened at the Cleveland Street campaign store, in Chorley, yesterday morning.

Not only is the incident disgusting, it’s completely ignorant of the facts. We are the only party that precludes members of the BNP.

Mark Smith

Vandals spray painted a swastika on the door whilst also covering the windows in offensive language.

There has been no previous incidents at the store.

Lancashire Police has said they are investigating the attack.

Mark Smith, UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Chorley, said: “We are the only party that treat people the same.

“Not only is the incident disgusting, it’s completely ignorant of the facts. We are the only party that precludes members of the BNP.”

Fellow parliamentary candidates fighting for the Chorley seat also condemned the attack.

Labour’s Lindsay Hoyle said: “To cover the campaign ship in graffiti isn’t acceptable, if you disagree with their politics then do it through the ballot box.

“Mindless graffiti isn’t the way forward.”

The Conservatives candidate Rob Loughenbury added: “It is an astonishing, unprovoked and deplorable attack.

“All decent thinking Chorley people will see this attack for what it is.”

Independent candidate Adrian Maudsley said: “I condemn the attack on the UKIP property.

“I understand how people can get upset about things they hear in a general election, especially if it is a subject they care passionately about.

“The right way to express your disagreement is through the ballot box and not by any other means.

“There is no room for violence in a British election.”

Alistair Straw, of the Green Party, added: “It’s appalling that a political party can be targeted in such a way, attacking a shop isn’t right.”

The Liberal Democrat’s Stephen Fenn said: “It’s terrible that this is happening. I can’t see any reason why people in Chorley are doing things like this.”

A spokesman from Lancashire Police said: “We are appealing for witnesses about the incident, the attack was reported to us yesterday, anyone with information should call 101.”