Ex-St Helens mayor targeted in vile hate campaign

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Police are investigating after a former St Helens mayor was targeted with a campaign of sinister late night calls and abusive text messages.

In the last week John Beirne, who owns a hair salon in the town centre, has received dozens of vile messages to both his home and workplace.

He said: “I was a bit upset about this at the weekend. It’s getting out of hand.

“All the messages were sent at the same time from a couple of different phone numbers. They all have similar wording though, which makes me think it’s probably just one person who’s doing this.

“I actually replied to one of the messages, asking them to give me their name and address - but they just sent another nasty message.”

Mr Beirne says he began receiving the abusive messages after he announced he had joined UKIP.

However, there is no suggestion of wrongdoing by any of Mr Beirne former political colleagues.

As well as text messages, Mr Beirne says his 91-year-old mother has been woken up in the night by a prank caller.

He also received a string of phone calls to the Avanti Hair salon in Westfield Street, which he runs, after a fake advert was placed on the Gumtree website claiming he was selling puppies.

John added: “Whoever’s doing this is clearly trying to intimidate me. One of the messages even warned me to withdraw my UKIP membership ‘before it’s too late’.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police confirmed officers had launched an investigation. He said: “Officers will speak with the person who has made the allegations and inquiries are continuing.”