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Conservative party poster stolen in Blackpool

A Conservative party poster in London
Ron Bell says posters from other parties have also been damaged

A Lancashire Conservative candidate's election campaign posters have been stolen or vandalised.

Ron Bell, the Conservative candidate for Blackpool South, said a large hoarding was stolen from Preston New Road in Blackpool on Saturday night.

Mr Bell said he would not point the finger at other candidates as several posters promoting different parties had also been damaged in the area.

Lancashire Police have confirmed the force is investigating the matter.

A spokesman said: "Police are investigating the theft of a very large A-frame sign held down by sandbags from the side of Preston New Road."

Mr Bell has said it was a "sad reflection on democracy".

The candidates announced for Blackpool South are:

Conservative: Ron Bell; British National Party: Ray Goodwin; Liberal Democrat: Doreen Holt; UK Independence Party: Hamish Howitt; Labour: Gordon Marsden; Integrity UK: Si Thu Tun.



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