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Plans revealed to prosecute those who damage posters

AN election candidate who had one of his posters defaced and damaged in recent days has welcomed a prosecution against a number of people accused of doing something similar.
 
Corey French was speaking in the wake of his election poster being daubed with the words ‘Scum bag’ and other slogans. Mr French remarked that defacing his posters will not stop him from seeing the campaign through.
 
In recent days police revealed they have detected and are in the process of prosecuting people who have damaged, removed or destroyed election posters.
“This could simply be a moment of madness or something more sinister,” a PSNI spokesperson said.
 
“Regardless it is a criminal offence. Depending on the circumstances it will be treated as theft or criminal damage. The posters are expensive to produce and they are the property of the people or parties standing for election.”
 
A poster belonging to Sinn Fein candidate Michaela Boyle was also damaged recently.
 
“I worked hard to pay for these posters, even taking on extra shifts at work,” Corey French remarked. “If you’re found to be doing it, you should be pulled for it. People don’t understand that these posters don’t just appear… they cost quite a bit of money.
 
“I can understand how anyone would feel when they get word back that their posters have been damaged. I think some people think it can seem like a joke but to those who own the posters, it’s criminal damage.”
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