Local election campaigners attacked

Local election campaigners Credit: ITV Anglia

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There are fears for the safety of people out canvassing for votes, following two separate attacks on local election campaigners in the past few weeks.

Just this week, a Conservative candidate was punched while out in Colchester talking to people on the doorstep.

Carla Hales was punched three times by a man in what police are treating as a politically motivated attack.

Carla Hales Credit: ITV Anglia

In an ugly piece of symmetry, Labour candidate Cathy Cordiner-Achenbach was punched in the stomach in Great Yarmouth earlier this month.

Cathy Cordiner-Achenbach Credit: Cathy Cordiner-Achenbach

Other parties say they've also suffered verbal abuse - saying there is a heightened sense of tension as they go door-to-door.

Police say they're investigating the two incidents and are warning people on the campaign trail to stay safe.