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Man arrested over election poster theft in Eastbourne

A man believed to a volunteer for the Liberal Democrats has been arrested by police investigating vandalism and theft of Conservative election posters.

The 38-year-old from Eastbourne, East Sussex, is being held by Sussex Police on suspicion of theft and harassment.

He surrendered himself to officers in the company of his solicitor just after 1800 BST on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Liberal Democrats said he would no longer be helping them with their election campaign.

'Locations across Eastbourne'

He added: "A Liberal Democrat volunteer did attend the police station this afternoon. He will be playing no further part in our election campaign."

The man is not a candidate for the party.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating the vandalism and theft of political campaigning election signs from locations across Eastbourne.

"They have this evening arrested a man on suspicion of theft and vandalism. He is currently in custody and will be questioned this evening."

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