Probe into sectarian graffiti

Shauna Loughran

Reporter:

Shauna Loughran

POLICE in Balymena are appealing for witnesses after receiving reports of graffiti in the Lisnamanagh Park area of Martinstown on Friday, December 28.

A gable wall, a bus shelter and the intercom of a local primary school were all targeted.

Inspector Bradley said: “At approximately 1.20pm we received reports that sectarian graffiti had been sprayed on a gable wall of a property in the Lisnamanagh Park area.

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“Police received further reports of sectarian graffiti being sprayed on a wall in the Cushendall Road area and paint being sprayed on the intercom of primary school in the Lisnamanny Road area of Martinstown. We are appealing to anyone with any information about these incidents to contact police in Ballymena on 101, quoting reference number 605 28/12/18."

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

One slogan read: “F**k the culties”.

“Ur da sells avon you fenians,” was scrawled on another section of the wall.

An additional part of the wall was painted with “UDA”.

The wall is located at Lisnamanagh Road between Mary Queen of Peace Primary School and the Roman Catholic Parish Hall. It is understood that local councillor Paul Maguire and a colleague from the Community Association painted over the graffiti as a temporary measure.

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