Police are investigating a serious incident in the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth in which a “verbally aggressive” man rang the doorbell of a house objecting to a Plaid Cymru poster displayed outside and allegedly raised his fist in a threatening gesture at a female voter who answered the door.
The man allegedly objected to the poster displayed outside the house and – according to the householder – shouted “Labour are going to lose this ward… You should seriously rethink!” – and raised his fist at the woman .
The householder said the threatening man had allegedly claimed that his father used to live in the property and had allegedly said that it had “sickened him” to see a Plaid Cymru sign outside the house – especially when it was likely that the Labour Party might lose the election in the ward.
The woman told him the house was now her property and she could vote in any way she wished. The man then allegedly raised his fist at the woman and shouted “You need to seriously re-think that!”.
The householder told him to leave, slammed the door on him and called the police. The incident is understood to have occurred at around 19:30 in the evening.
When the householder subsequently raised the matter with the Labour Party – its officials denied point-blank that the aggressive man had anything to do with them – although it’s not clear how they would know whether he was or not.
The Labour-supporting thug is described as being white male, just under 6ft tall, of very heavy stocky build, blue eyes (wide-set), grey closely shaved head, grey stubble/ beard, wearing distinctive dark navy blue polo shirt bearing the white dragon emblem of Labour-controlled Cardiff Council, and dark trousers.
South Wales Police said today that “Officers conducted a search of the area for the man described, but he has not yet been located.”
The entire story has been made public on Facebook.
This is not the only incident involving Plaid election posters. In nearby Wordsworth Avenue, in the Cornerswell Ward of Penarth, a Plaid Cymru garden poster was deliberately cut down and its supporting stays cut – as if with a knife.