Labour supporters in Rotherham ‘shot at with air rifle’ while campaigning for Sarah Champion

Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Picture: Ross Parry Agency
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Labour supporters in Rotherham have been shot at by an air rifle while on the campaign trail, it has been reported.

A report in today’s Times newspaper said canvassers for Sarah Champion ‘have been shot at with an air rifle’ during their campaigning in the run-up to the General Election.

Ms Champion also told the paper that racism has increased in the town since the grooming scandal came to light with the publication of the Jay report in August.

She said: “A Kashmiri woman who came in the 1960s told me it is the worst she has ever known.

“Naturally people are angry. But it has given people permission to be racist in a general way.”

Ukip candidate Jane Collins told the paper that support for Labour has dropped since the scandal came to light.

“In 2010, there was a sea of red posters. Now, show me one.”

She added: “The most important thing for Ukip is to make sure Labour has a proper opposition in Rotherham. Terrible things happened here because it was one party for so long.”