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Stella Creasy condemns ‘anti-democratic’ attack on her constituency office

The Walthamstow MP’s office on Orford Road was attacked in the early hours of Sunday, reports Marco Marcelline

Stella Creasy’s office on Orford Road, Walthamstow

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy has called on the police to apply the “strongest penalties” on who carried out an attack on her constituency office early this morning (23rd June).

Images shared by Creasy on social media show damage to the the front door windowpane of her Orford Road office as well as one of the front windows smashed.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the force believes the attack took place between 3.10am and 3.30am this morning.

Detective Superintendent Dion Brown, who is one of the most senior police officers in Waltham Forest, said: “It is entirely unacceptable for the office of one of London’s prospective parliamentary candidates to be targeted in this way.

“An urgent investigation is under way, and officers have attended the scene and are already following up active lines of enquiry, which will include full analysis of all available CCTV footage. I urge any witnesses or anyone with information to contact police and share what they know.”

In a post on X/Twitter, the Labour and Co-operative Party MP said: “Message to whoever attacked my office last night. You don’t intimidate me and you don’t belong in the political process.”

She added: “Police already on this to find you – will press for the strongest penalties for such an anti-democratic attack and I know Walthamstow won’t be cowed or influenced by your violence either.”

In her tweet, the MP also slammed people who had been sharing “circulating malicious and false leaflets” during the campaign.

Last month, the Walthamstow MP told the Independent that she had been the target of an anti-abortion organisation called the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK who had delivered graphic leaflets of an embryo to her constituents.

The anti-abortion group has said it is targeting the MP because of her “decision to campaign for more liberal abortion laws”.

Ruth Rawlins, the head of communications for the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK is standing against Creasy as an independent.

In a pitch to voters shared with the Echo, the candidate said she is standing “to be a voice” for the “250,000 babies who are intentionally killed in the womb each year in the UK” and for their mothers, “many of whom were not fully informed of the humanity of their babies”, having been “offered death over help by their doctors”.

Ruth did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the office attack.

Other candidates vying for Creasy’s seat on 4th July condemned the attack on her office, with Liberal Democrat Rebecca Taylor saying: “While differences of opinion and disagreements occur in politics, they never justify violence. I hope the criminals who did this face justice.”

Anyone with information related to this incident is advised to contact the police on 101 with the reference 2621/23 or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a comment from the Metropolitan Police

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