Vandals paint ‘Hitler’ moustaches on Ukip posters

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  • Chris Wood is angry after someone vandalised his campaign banner with a Hitler-style moustache
  • He said the graffiti was ‘incredibly offensive’
  • A moustache had also been drawn on a billboard of Nigel Farage in Portsmouth
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VANDALS have daubed Hitler moustaches on Ukip election posters.

One in Gosport promoting candidate Chris Wood was targeted, and another featuring the party’s leader Nigel Farage was doctored in Portsmouth.

The attacks have upset the candidate and local party members.

The vandalism appeared on Mr Woods’ banner at the ferry terminal in the town centre, just weeks before the general election on May 7. He said the vandalism was ‘disgusting’ and ‘incredibly offensive.’

Mr Wood said: ‘I have put a lot of my own money into this campaign and spent hours designing this advert from scratch, so to see it defaced in this manner actually makes me rather angry.

‘Someone thinks they’re being funny or they’re making a disgusting and wholly wrong political point.

Someone thinks they’re being funny or they’re making a disgusting and wholly wrong political point.

Chris Wood, the prospective parliamentary candidate for Gosport

‘Either way it is criminal damage and incredibly offensive.

‘I’m sure the public will see this for what it is, vandalism plain and simple.’

The advert featuring Mr Farage is in Eastney Road, Eastney, Portsmouth.

Ukip Portsmouth north branch chairman Stuart Potter, said: ‘This is just mindless vandalism which is extremely offensive to Ukip party members and our supporters. ‘It is sad that someone has done it because Ukip is nothing like the Nazis.

The defaced poster of Ukip Gosport candidate Chris Wood

The defaced poster of Ukip Gosport candidate Chris Wood

‘Just because we want to be separate from Europe does not mean we are against European countries or have Nazi idealisms.

‘The same thing happened last year with a billboard in Henderson Road so it is not that unexpected.’

Mr Potter said that Ukip’s head office was aware of the vandalism and would be replacing the billboard.

Mr Wood is standing against Tory Caroline Dinenage, Lib Dem Robert Hylands, Labour’s Alan Durrant and Green party member Monica Cassidy.