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Alliance candidate warned to leave 'Protestant area' while canvassing

Alliance councillor Eóin Tennyson has reported an incident in Lurgan while canvassing on Saturday to police.
Paul Ainsworth

AN Alliance Party candidate has been warned to leave a street while canvassing after being told it was a "Protestant area".

Upper Bann Assembly candidate Eóin Tennyson said he was canvassing with others in Lurgan when they were confronted on Saturday evening.

"A member of my team was approached and told that we were in a 'Protestant area', that we were not welcome, and that we should leave," Mr Tennyson said in a social media post.

"We were then watched by two individuals as we canvassed the remainder of the street," he said, adding the incident "only strengthens our resolve" to work for the community.

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed police were making enquiries into the incident after receiving a report.

Meanwhile, election posters belonging to a Sinn Féin candidate in the same constituency have been removed.

Liam Mackle said Banbridge had been "practically stripped" of SF posters, adding that his posters had also been taken down in Lurgan and Portadown.

"The sheer scale of theft and destruction of Sinn Féin posters in Upper Bann means the police must respond to protect democracy," he said.

A PSNI spokesperson said "We are investigating thoroughly all incidents which have been reported to us, including the removal and destruction of election posters, and any identified suspects will be liable to prosecution.

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