Labour candidate 'not intimidated' as office smashed

Two holes in the window of Stella Creasy's office, with a red sign saying Stella Creasy to the left of where the glass has shattered
An investigation has been launched after Stella Creasy's office in Walthamstow, north-east London, was vandalised [Stella Creasy]

A Labour parliamentary candidate has told vandals "you don't intimidate me" after the window and door of her office were smashed.

Walthamstow candidate Stella Creasy took to social media to post images of what police described as "entirely unacceptable" damage.

The Metropolitan Police said the office on Orford Road, in the north-east London constituency, was targeted between 03:10 and 03:30 BST.

An "urgent" investigation was under way, the force added, as it shared CCTV images of a hooded man it wanted to speak to who was seen in the area at the time of the incident.

A person dressed in black walking
Detectives encouraged anyone with information to get in touch [Met Police]
A person dressed in black
The Metropolitan Police shared two images on social media of a man seen on CCTV in the area at the time [Met Police]

Ms Creasy, who won the seat in the last four general elections, called for the "strongest penalties for such an anti-democratic attack".

Addressing those responsible for the damage, she wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: "You don’t intimidate me and you don’t belong in the political process.

"Same as those circulating malicious and false leaflets.

"Police already on this to find you - will press for the strongest penalties... and I know Walthamstow won’t be cowed or influenced by your violence either."

Stella Creasy, with an image of Big Ben in the background behind her
"You do not intimidate me," Ms Creasy said after her office was vandalised [BBC]

Det Supt Dion Brown said officers were following up "active lines of inquiry".

He appealed for witnesses to contact police.

A Labour spokesperson said: "We completely condemn any intimidation tactics towards candidates of any party.

"It is vital to our democracy that parliamentary candidates are able to campaign freely."

The smashed door of Stella Creasy's office
The door and window of the office were smashed in the early hours of Sunday morning [Stella Creasy]

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