Police state Brexit Party trailer was blown over by wind after candidate claims it was ‘run off the road’
Police have confirmed a trailer advertising the Brexit Party in Doncaster was blown over by wind after a candidate claimed it had been ‘run off the road’.
South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the trailer carrying a sign reading “Enough is enough! Vote Brexit Party” in Doncaster last Thursday was tipped over by wind, causing the car to swerve.
However Brexit Party candidate for Doncaster North Andy Stewart took to Twitter to announce that the car had in fact been run from the road, leaving the trailer smashed and the driver – Brexit Party candidate for Doncaster Central Surjit Singh Duhre – hospitalised.
However, South Yorkshire Police said Mr Stewart’s version of events was not accurate.
A statement from the police force said: “Police were called at 18.55 yesterday (5 December) following reports of a RTC on Bawtry Road, Doncaster.
“A car, which was being driven by a General Election candidate, was towing an advertising trailer which tipped over and caused the car to swerve.
“It is believed the weather conditions played a factor in this incident due to the high winds last night.
“The carriageway was blocked for a time before police and members of the public pulled the trailer out of the road.
“No other vehicles were involved and we received no reports of injuries.”
Doncaster’s three Brexit Party Parliamentary candidates have spoken out to “universally condemn” what they continue to describe as an “unprovoked attack.”
A statement from the party said: “A vehicle, believed to be a taxi, swerved into the car Mr Durhre was driving, forcing it off the road. He received treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for minor injuries and shock.
“It is the latest in a series of incidents and acts of sabotage, believed to originate from the town’s extreme hard left, which have undermined the Brexit Party’s campaign activity in Doncaster and comes just two days after the parliamentary candidate received a death threat which is currently being investigated by South Yorkshire Police.
Surjit Duhre, Brexit Party Candidate for Doncaster Central said: “After a full day of fantastic campaigning in the Hyde Park area of Doncaster I was heading home when a taxi swerved towards me, forcing me off the road.
“The trailer I was towing overturned and it is a miracle that no-one was seriously injured. It happened on a straight part of Bawtry Road and after consulting witnesses, I have no doubt in my mind that the act was a deliberate one, especially considering the taxi driver immediately left the scene.”
Andy Stewart said: “The abuse and violence has been increasing the closer we all get to the 12th December. We are not career politicians, but ordinary working people who felt we could make a difference to the communities in which we all live and work.
“We have run a fair, open campaign which offers opportunities for everyone to build a better Doncaster. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and freedom of speech should always be protected. But when it involves threats to life and physical violence to a colleague we felt compelled to step in a say enough is enough.”