Plaid office targeted by graffiti vandals

Plaid Cymru

The Arfon MP has condemned ‘mindless vandalism’ after a graffiti attack at Plaid Cymru’s Caernarfon offices.

Staff turned up at the party’s base on Castle Street on Wednesday morning to find the word ‘scum’ daubed on the front door overnight. Police are treating it as criminal damage.

The Arfon constituency offices are used by Plaid staff working for both Sian Gwenllian AM and Hywel Williams MP.

Mr Williams said his staff deserved to ”work free of intimidation and fear just like everybody else”.

He thanked North Wales Police for their ‘swift response’ to the incident and added: ”In all likelihood, this is an act of mindless vandalism, but I’m reassured that the police are treating the matter with the seriousness it deserves.”

Reacting to the incident, the Labour MP for Ynys Môn, Albert Owen, said his constituency office in Holyhead had been attacked twice before.

He added he considered his office as a ‘community hub’, where ”safe access for the public is vital as is the security of my staff.”

In the past few years, security for politicians has been increased in the wake of the murder of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox in 2016 and the stabbing of East Ham MP Stephen Timms at his constituency office in 2010.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information to call 101, quoting reference no. X048042.

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