Ukip blames billboard gaffe on ‘printing error’

By Richard Stuart-Turner, Thursday 22 January 2015

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Ukip has blamed a mix-up in which a woman’s mobile phone number was mistakenly included on one of its mobile billboards on "an unfortunate printing error".

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The Ukip poster criticises the Conservatives for Surrey potholes (Credit: Geoff Moore/REX)

According to The Independent Alexandria Hall said she had received "disgusting calls" from a number of people after her phone number was printed on the side of a Ukip Surrey billboard about potholes that was driven around the Surrey area last weekend.

The poster, which reads "Vote Ukip – let’s get our country back", criticises the Conservatives for the number of potholes on Surrey’s roads.

Hall left a message on her Facebook page on Tuesday regarding the incident where she said: "I’ve just discovered after a few disgusting and abusive calls that Ukip have gone and made a billboard with MY mobile number on it!!”

She told Mail Online that she only realised what had happened when a local councillor called her to talk about potholes. She later found images of the billboard, complete with her phone number, on Twitter.

Hall added that she might now have to change her phone number as well as the marketing material for her photography business.

She alerted Ukip to the mistake but continued to receive calls.

A spokesperson for Ukip said the mistake was an “unfortunate printing error” and that the poster displaying the incorrect phone number was taken down after Hall raised the issue and that she has since received and accepted an apology.

At the time of writing PrintWeek had been unable to obtain the identity of the printer from Ukip.

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