‘Illegal’ EU campaign posters removed by Norwich City Council

A 'vote leave' sign on Farrow Road, Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A 'vote leave' sign on Farrow Road, Norwich.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Passionate referendum campaigners have been reminded not to put up posters on public roads after Norwich City Council has been forced to remove illegal signs around the city.

Officers went out yesterday to remove material urging people to vote to leave the European Union after the illegal signs were reported by Labour councillors Bert Bremner.

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council said they had arranged for signs to be removed where they had reports of it happening in specific locations, adding: 'It is illegal to fly-post campaign material on a highway.'

It is not believed the posters were from the official campaign to leave the European Union and James Moyies, regional director of Vote Leave, said he knew nothing about it.

He admitted that they did sometimes get excited campaigners who were doing all they could and he would make sure campaigners were clear about the rules.

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'Lots of people have got involved who have not been in politics before. They may do things that experienced campaigners would know is not allowed. It may be some people got carried away.' Mr Bremner, who spotted some of the posters along the outer ring road after driving along the route from his home, questioned what action was being taken to stop the 'anti-democratic' fly-posting. He said he was used to working on elections where people knew the rules.

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