Sonya is a social issues reporter at the Bay of Plenty Times

Council candidates' signs vandalised

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Mayoral and At Large candidate Kelvin Clout is one of many election candidates whose signs have been vandalised - although the only one to report the addition of Groucho glasses. Photo/supplied
Mayoral and At Large candidate Kelvin Clout is one of many election candidates whose signs have been vandalised - although the only one to report the addition of Groucho glasses. Photo/supplied

Election signs have been vandalised across the city -- less than two weeks since they were put up.

In some areas, it appeared particular candidates had been targeted, while in other locations signs belonging to a number of candidates had been hit.

Otumoetai-Pres Pa Ward candidate Jo West said she had three signs vandalised, one damaged and one stolen.

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Sheldon Nesdale, Otumoetai-Pyes Pa Ward candidate, said he had several damaged on Saturday night, along with most of the other candidates, at Levers Rd, Ngatai Rd, Carmichael Rd and Lees Park.

Mr Nesdale said the attacks were frustrating and meant spending money on repairs he could not afford.

Mayoral candidate Kelvin Clout, also standing for an At Large seat, said he had noticed a major increase in vandalism this election. Some of his signs had been knocked down, while another had Groucho glasses added.

Alan Davidson, standing for an At Large seat, said most of his signs has been kicked, punched, broken or graffitied at some point - not once but several times over.

Bev Edlin, standing for Otumoetai-Pyes Pa Ward, said her sign in Brookfield had been taken, and other signs had been damaged in other areas.

Mayoral candidate Larry Baldock, also standing for Otumoetai-Pyes Pa, said one of his signs had been knocked over twice, although one of those times may have been from the wind.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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