MP calls for end to violence after battle bus windows' smashed

Two of his car windows were smashed (Picture: Chris Muspratt)

An MP has called for an end to politicians being ‘targets of abuse’ after his car was vandalised while he was campaigning.

Tory Andrew Rosindell’s comments come ahead of the anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder, the Labour MP stabbed to death outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

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Mr Rosindell was canvassing in Romford, the East-London constituency, when he heard two loud bangs and found his car with smashed windows.

The MP and his supporters found a young man on a motorbike, who appeared to have vandalised the car with his helmet, then fled with parliamentary assistant Chris Muspratt following closely behind.

Still wearing his suit and rosette, Mr Muspratt, 25, an army reservist, chased the suspect for around 10 minutes, but lost him when he jumped in a getaway car.

MP calls for end to violence after battle bus windows' smashed

Andrew Rosindell (Photo by Flying Colours/Getty Images)

Speaking to Metro.co.uk Mr Rosindell, 51, said:  ‘It was pretty horrible actually. He smashed two windows, but he probably would have smashed more if we had arrived later.

‘I believe in traditional campaigning, going out, being seen and talking to people in the constituency.

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‘No candidate should feel afraid that someone is going to smash up their car or do anything like that.’

Since Jo Cox’s death there have been several reports of MPs being targeted in online attacks through social media.

Mr Rosindell believes that if MPs continue to be targeted, it could put young off a career in politics.

MP calls for end to violence after battle bus windows' smashed

Chris Muspratt, pictured, chased the suspect after he jumped off his bike (Picture: Chris Muspratt)

He said: ‘We live in a democracy and while you may not like certain politicians from certain parties, it doesn’t give you the right to abuse them or damage their property.’

‘Last year an MP was murdered.

‘What happened to Jo Cox was horrendous.

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‘Fortunately, it was only my car that was damaged, I was not harmed.’

Mr Rosindell praised his parliamentary assistant for sprinting after the suspect and taking pictures and notes which he handed to the police.

MP calls for end to violence after battle bus windows' smashed

Glass from the smashed (Picture: Chris Muspratt)

His team returned to canvassing around an hour after the incident took place and the car has since been repaired.

A spokesperson from Met Police said: ‘Police were called at 16:17hrs on Monday, 15 May to Highfield Road, Romford to a report of a vehicle being vandalised.

‘The suspect, who was wearing a crash helmet, fled the scene and was pursued by members of the public.

‘The motorcycle the suspect was riding was left at the scene.

‘Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

‘There have been no arrests.’

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