EU debate in Skegness marred by vandalism and flyposting

Vote Leave posters on the Clock Tower in Skegness. ANL-160620-130313001
Vote Leave posters on the Clock Tower in Skegness. ANL-160620-130313001
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With less than 24 hours before the country votes, the EU debate in Skegness has been marred with flyposting by unknown ‘Leave’ campaigners and vandalism on posters which were defaced with the words ‘Vote Love’

Residents expressed their horror that ‘Vote Leave’ posters were placed on a landmark in Skegness close to the time of the shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox, which saw EU referendum campaigning across the country cease out of respect.

Supporters with Greater Lincolnshire Vote Leave Grand Tour, led by Karl McCartney, Member of Parliament for Lincoln (centre). ANL-160615-120543001

Supporters with Greater Lincolnshire Vote Leave Grand Tour, led by Karl McCartney, Member of Parliament for Lincoln (centre). ANL-160615-120543001

Brexit campaigners fly-posted the Clock Tower overnight on Thursday - the day after the Greater Lincolnshire Vote Leave Grand Tour, led by Lincoln MP Karl McCartney, visited the resort and parked just yards away to greet onlookers.

The posters branded with the UKIP logo and the words “We want our country back - vote to leave” were placed on scaffolding surrounding the Clock Tower and were slammed on social media before removed by the landmark’s owners East Lindsey Dictrict Council.

Coun Sue Blackburn, one of the supporters of the local Brexit campaign, said: “We have no idea who was responsible for this. Along with the rest of the country we ceased our campaign following Jo Cox’s death, which meant our planned event in the town on Saturday was also cancelled. One of our group wanted to take them down but we were afraid if we did we might get blamed.”

Another resident expressed his disgust when he spotted Vote Leave posters along Burgh Road had been defaced so the words read ‘Vote Love’.

Defaced Vote Leave posters in Skegness. ANL-160620-130510001

Defaced Vote Leave posters in Skegness. ANL-160620-130510001

Anthony Beardsley said: “This is how desperate and infantile the campaign has got - ironically preaching love whilst showing gross intolerance to those whose views they disagree with through acts of vandalism. Is this a prediction for what will happen in the United Kingdom should we remain in the EU - bullying and intimidation?

“If so I want out.”

Residents who still cannot make their mind up should visit the Skegness Standard website tonight, where Coun Sue Blackburn for the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign, and Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman, for the ‘Vote Remain’ camp, will have a final say before voting starts.

Polling stations across East Lindsey opening tomorrow from 7am to 10pm. Information on where to vote is on your polling card. For more details visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/elections

Defaced Vote Leave posters in Skegness. ANL-160620-130342001

Defaced Vote Leave posters in Skegness. ANL-160620-130342001