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Ukip leaflets snatched by anti-fascist, candidate says

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AN "anti-fascist" campaigner snatched leaflets from a Ukip election campaign stall and ran off down the street. A tussle broke out between the man and Ukip candidate Kathleen Garner as she tried to get the leaflets back. The pair struggled over the literature in and around South End, South Croydon, until a passing driver intervened. Police were called to the stall in South End on Saturday after the fracas at around 2.30pm. Ms Garner said the man started gathering the leaflets promoting her candidacy to represent Croham ward in the local elections on Thursday. She said: "A chap just turned up at the stall and started picking up leaflets and said, 'I am taking these'. "He moved towards a nearby tree which had a little banner up, and started to take that, too. "I was determined not to let him get away with it and started trying to grab things back off him and he moved up the road. "Every time I grabbed them off him, he grabbed them back again, and this was going on for some time. "He said, 'You are racist, fascist, and I belong to an anti-fascist group'. "So I said, 'You are the one being fascist, because you are not letting us speak freely'." Ms Garner said another man driving down the road then stopped and got out of his car to reprimand the alleged leaflet-pincher. The latter then jumped into a second car driving past, but got out after it was held up by traffic, and ran off. The leaflets, Ms Garner added, contained her local election pledges including tackling fly-tipping, providing parking and helping local businesses. The 68-year-old added: "I was feeling a bit trembly afterwards but I think that was the adrenaline." Ms Garner described the alleged leaflet-snatcher as a white man in his forties, thin, wearing light shorts, plimsolls, no socks and a white t-shirt. She had been manning the stall with three colleagues from the party and said the rest of the day had been more positive. She said: "We had one chap who did not agree with us but we had quite a long chat with him and he congratulated me for appearing in public to stand up for what we believe in. "And we were getting quite a lot of taxi drivers and other drivers going past and honking their horns to support us."

Ukip leaflets snatched by anti-fascist, candidate says


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