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Villager ‘irate and furious’ over Tory election signs [VIDEO]


THIS VIDEO shows the moment a Tory MP’s campaigner appears to attack a furious local with his van door before driving at him – in a furious row over election posters.

John Kilcoyne, 59, infuriated villager Adam Morres, 36, after he put up signs promoting MP Simon Hart in a field near the local’s home in Manorbier.

He tore them down and billed the local Tory party for rent and damages – but then caught Mr Kilcoyne putting them back up a day later.

But police were called after tempers boiled over when guest house owner Mr Kilcoyne insisted he had permission to put them up.

A video appears to show Mr Kilcoyne – one of Mr Hart’s closest allies – pulling his car door into Adam and repeatedly driving his van at him.

Police arrived moments later and are now investigating the stand off over the signs which have allegedly been torn down and reinstalled three times.

Meanwhile, Simon Hart’s persistent campaigners have put the signs back up.

But Adam claims police warned him not to touch them in case the MP accuses him of criminal damage.

John Kilcoyne, 59: Caught up in the sign row

Adam, whose ex-partner, 37, rents the field from a private landlord, said: “I’m absolutely disgusted. I was angry and irate and furious, but now I am just sickened.

“It was just his attitude towards me. The smug way he talked to my friend telling her ‘no I can’t take them down’ – it was horrible.

“And the fact he is working on behalf of an MP, I don’t think that says very much about the calibre of them.

“It’s an appalling reflection on the Tory party. To be honest I would have voted Tory simply as I don’t like the Labour Party.

“But after this I would now campaign quite happily for anyone standing against the Tory Party.

“Normally, I would choose who to vote for based on their policies, but in this instance I will be choosing based on the party I think has employees who aren’t going to attack me.”

The furore began on Sunday, May 7, when Adam was out for a walk with his ex-partner in fields she rents for her horses.

They spotted two blue signs supporting incumbent MP Simon Hart nailed to a fence post inside the field.

Adam claims he phoned the Electoral Commission who he said told him they could be removed, so he took them down the next day.

He sarcastically invoiced Camarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Conservatives £50 for rent and damages.

“The damages are in case out neighbours thought the signs meant we were Conservative voters,” he added.

Signs: Erected in a field in Manorbier

He claims John Kilcoyne – named as the seconder on Mr Hart’s 2015 election nomination document came to both his home and his partner’s house, on the Tuesday (9).

He said he claimed he had permission of the land owner to put the signs up, and left.

Moments later Adam spotted him back next to his ex’s field getting new ‘Simon Hart’ signs out his van and the pair clashed.

Video appears to show the pair arguing before the volunteer sharply pulls his van door into Adam’s arm before seemingly mockingly saying: “Watch out, watch out.”

Adam phoned the police and when he stood in front of the van to record the licence plate, claims Mr Kilcoyne repeatedly drove at him,

Another video – taken moments before police arrived – appears to show the car inching towards him as he moves away across the road before driving off.

Astonishingly Adam woke up the next day to find the signs had been reinstated.

“The police have told us not to touch them in case they get damaged and Simon Hart claims criminal damage,” said Adam.

“Now we’re stuck with them up there. It’s like rubbing lemon juice into a paper cut.”

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The force received a report of an assault without injury at approximately 9.40am on Tuesday, May 9.

“The incident took place at Wheelers Way, Manorbier. The investigation is on-going.”

The Welsh Conservative Party and Simon Hart refused to comment.

Mr Kilcoyne, from Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, said: “Have you spoken to Mr Hart?

“I’m in the same position as Mr Hart. There is a police officer dealing with it. I have nothing at all to add.”

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