Ashfield BNP election candidate has blood covered effigy sent to him

ASHFIELD'S British National Party candidate has hit out at the 'thugs' who sent a blood covered hate effigy to his home.

Former Ashfield District Council chairman Edward Holmes found the toy rabbit hanging from his garden fence at his Jacksdale home over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The effigy was a Christian cross with a stuffed toy nailed to it and a picture of his face with blood smeared across it.

Mr Holmes immediately reported the 'hate crime' to police and believes it was an attempt to stop him from standing as the party's candidate in the General Election.

But he insist he still intends to stand at the election, where he will go head-to-head with Labour's Gloria De Piero, Tory Garry Hickton, Liberal Democrat Jason Zadrozny and the English Democrats' Tony Ellis.

Said 66-year-old Mr Holmes: "I am more determined than ever to stand - the low life thugs who are carrying out these acts of intimidation will not prevail."

Anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 300 300 9999.

For full story, see this week's Ashfield Chad.