Remain-supporting couple’s house ‘targeted’ with eggs after putting up anti-Boris Johnson poster

Vandals attack home featuring pro-EU posters in windows

Victoria Burbidge has said she believes her home was targeted due to her support for the EU
Victoria Burbidge has said she believes her home was targeted due to her support for the EU

A Remain-supporting couple have had their house vandalised after they put up an anti-Boris Johnson poster.

Victoria and Tim Burbidge claim they were targeted for putting up pro-EU flags and posters with the "No to Boris, Yes to Europe" and "Put It to the People" slogans in their family home in Romsey, Hampshire.

The Burbidges said their house was egged and that a window more than 100 years old was smashed.

Police are investigating the incident.

“This has to be a premeditated attack, because no one walks along in the early hours of the morning with a box of eggs,” Ms Burbidge said.

“We suspect whoever did this is someone angry that Brexit hasn't happened yet and so, to them, that is our fault. Romsey is a pro-Remain area, but other people don't display it like we do.”

She added the attack had damaged a 120-year-old original pane of glass and the egg had dried and set on the window “like concrete”.

“If they had a problem with the EU flags, why did they not come and say something? That is what I am cross about. We are reasonable people, they could have come and talked to us,” she said.

“It stinks now outside the house and we did not know it had happened at the time, because we have secondary glass and that would have muffled the sound.”

Ms Burbidge, who is a military researcher, said her husband suggested putting up even more EU posters in response to the egging.

Hampshire Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we received a report of criminal damage at a property in Romsey, between 9pm on 28 July and 9am on 29 July.

“Damage has been caused to a pane of glass, which is believed to have been as a result of eggs being thrown at the property.”

The Burbidge’s constituency, Romsey and Southampton North, voted for Remain in the 2016 EU referendum with an estimated vote of 54 per cent.

Agencies contributed to this report

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