Windows at political office in Exmouth smashed

POLICE are appealing for information after a shop window was smashed at an election office being used by the Conservative party. The incident comes after scores of political boards showing Hugo Swire, East Devon Conservative candidate, were damaged around

POLICE are appealing for information after a shop window was smashed at an election office being used by the Conservative party.

The incident comes after scores of political boards showing Hugo Swire, East Devon Conservative candidate, were damaged around the area earlier this month.

A window was destroyed at a temporary political office, based in Magnolia House, Church Street, Exmouth, sometime between 5pm on Wednesday, April 21, and 9am on Thursday, April 22.

A disappointed Mr Swire said: "I am getting quite fed up with it all.

"We do not want this kind of thing happening in East Devon. It is getting out of control.

"The police need to make it clearer that anyone found tampering with a poster putting graffiti on them or smashing windows will be dealt with heavily."

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John Fowler, of Eagle Investments, who own the office, said: "From my point of view as a shop owner, this is not political expression, it is straight forward vandalism.

"If we catch whoever has done it, in the end there going to have to pay for it and any other charges that a court imposes on them. The police have been notified about the incident."

Anyone with information about the damage to the office should call Devon and Cornwall police on 08452 777444, quoting crime reference number KE/10/877.

It is understood none of the other political parties who have offices in Exmouth have experienced similar problems.

A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats who have a temporary office on Exeter Road said they haven't had any problems.

Sharon Pavey, Green Party candidate, who do not have an office in the town, said: "I haven't heard of anything abusive going on to affect our party.