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Man to face court after Alliance posters are torn down

By Noel McAdam

Published 19/04/2016

Annoyed: Stewart Dickson
Annoyed: Stewart Dickson

A 34-year-old man is to appear in court following reports that Alliance Party election posters were torn down in East Antrim.

The PSNI have confirmed the man, who has also been charged with assaulting police and attempted criminal damage of a police car, will appear in court next week.

The posters which were allegedly removed featured Alliance Party candidate Stewart Dickson, who has declined to comment.

But before the man's arrest, the former MLA had complained on social media of posters being taken down in several parts of the constituency.

Mr Dickson reported a gang of around 10 with ladders were taking down his posters in Carrickfergus.

"Some people need to understand removing my posters puts my vote up if local reaction tonight is anything to go by," he said on Facebook. Later Mr Dickson added: "Certain people in Greenisland may regret removing my posters in full glare of CCTV cameras."

And referring to his party's election slogan he then went on: "Clearly some people don't want to make East Antrim Better Sooner. I do and thousands of others do."

Party officials then made an official complaint to police in Carrick.

PSNI Inspector Nick Study told the Belfast Telegraph: "Police responding to a report of damage being caused to posters in the Ellis Street area of Carrickfergus arrested and charged a 34-year- old man with attempted criminal damage of a police car and assault on police.

"He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Thursday, April 28.

"As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the PPS."

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