Sussex

'Evict Amber Rudd' graffiti appears in Hastings

The graffiti daubed across Hastings Image copyright PA
Image caption Ms Rudd is aiming to retain the Hastings and Rye seat in East Sussex

Graffiti directed at Home Secretary Amber Rudd has appeared in the constituency where she is standing in the general election.

Spray-painted political slogans, including some targeting Ms Rudd, have appeared in eight places in Hastings.

The messages daubed on walls, bridge supports and a Grade II-listed building include one near St Mary-in-the-Castle demanding "Evict Amber Rudd".

Police are treating it as "politically-motivated criminal damage".

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Image caption Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing a challenge from Labour in her constituency

A spokesman said: "The graffiti was reported by Hastings Borough Council and affected council property, locations administered by East Sussex County Council and Highways England and one private dwelling."

Ms Rudd is aiming to retain the Hastings and Rye seat which she won with a majority of more than 4,700 in 2015.

However, she faces a challenge from Labour after the Green Party formed an alliance with them and stood down its candidate.