Police Investigate After Envelope Containing Faeces Sent to Conservative Campaign Office
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff Writer with Agencies

South Ribble, UK (May 30, 2024) – Lancashire Police are investigating an incident in which an envelope containing faeces was hand-delivered to a Conservative campaign office in the South Ribble constituency. The package, which was opened by a volunteer on Thursday, has been described as a disgusting attempt at intimidation.

Katherine Fletcher, the Conservative candidate for South Ribble, condemned the act as an attack on democracy. “This was a disgusting attempt to stop me campaigning through intimidation, and also an attack on the very democracy I am proud to stand for in South Ribble,” Fletcher said.

The incident occurred when the envelope, containing excrement, was found among the morning post. The faeces had been placed in a pre-paid envelope intended for returning surveys. The volunteer who discovered the package reported it to Fletcher, who expressed anger and determination in response.

“The culprit, who may have thought I would be intimidated by the gesture, is very much mistaken, and they have already failed,” Fletcher stated. She emphasized that the incident has only strengthened her resolve and that of her team. “I am angry that someone helping me had to open the envelope. But it has allowed us all here to know what is at stake when we step forward to campaign in this general election.”

Fletcher affirmed that such actions will not deter her campaign efforts. “It will be a big motivation, to be honest, because we want to live in a country where those who do such horrible things face the full force of the law. My volunteers and I will now just ignore it and continue to go out and make the case for me to carry on delivering as South Ribble’s MP, and for kind and decent behaviour in our country.”

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police confirmed that the matter is under investigation and urged anyone with information to come forward by calling 101.

The declared prospective parliamentary candidates for South Ribble include Paul Foster (Labour), Angela Turner (Liberal Democrats), and Andrew Hunter (Reform UK), alongside Fletcher for the Conservatives.

The incident highlights the tensions and challenges faced by political candidates and their teams, underscoring the need for respect and civility in the democratic process.

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