POLICE are investigating reports that another UK Independence Party election poster was vandalised.

UKIP Hampshire County councillor Andy Moore has told how one of the party’s distinctive purple and yellow posters was ripped from his front garden in Eastleigh and the post snapped in two.

He found it scattered on the ground on the path outside.

The sign was a general appeal to people to vote for UKIP rather than in support of a particular candidate.

Cllr Moore, who represents Eastleigh East, has already replaced the sign.

It comes after 90-year-old war veteran Frank Moody told of his anger at vandals who drew a Swastika and Hitler moustache on the face of UKIP’s Romsey and Southampton North candidate Sandra James on a poster in his garden.

The incident, which happened at his home in West Wellow between last Thursday and Friday, has also been reported to police.

Mr Moody, a former member of the Royal Artillery who fought for the Allies in the Battle of Monte Cassino during the Second World War, has been a parish councillor for 36 years and said he would not be intimidated.

Cllr Moore said UKIP group leader for Hampshire Chris Lagdon had also had a two signs outside his home in Totton damaged.

Cllr Moore, who lives in Tennyson Road, said: “They cost money, these signs, and I’m proud to have a UKIP sign in my garden.

“A party should have the right to have whatever boards they want in their gardens or property without being harassed or having people pull them down.”

Patricia Culligan, UKIP’s candidate for Eastleigh MP’s seat, added: “We’re a democracy and it’s unacceptable.”

Police confirmed they were investigating an incident of criminal damage, which happened last Wednesday afternoon .

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.