A CHILDREN’S play park came under attack last weekend in the Dunclug area.
Vandals daubed white paint over the mesh fence with splatters damaging the play surface.
Offensive slogans were scrawled along the fence in what locals believe could be in relation to drug activity in the vicinity.
The attack is believed to have happened overnight between Sunday evening and Monday morning.
One of the slogans read F.A.G while another said D.T.U.S Scum.
A local resident said there could be a link between the incident and the supply of drugs which is endemic in the area.
The resident said it is believed that children or young teenagers were not the perpetrators.
They said due to the size of the letters, which they estimate as being around six foot, it is believed that the unsightly graffiti is the work of adults.
The resident also believes that there may have been an attempt by someone to cover over the graffiti.
Mayor Lindsay Millar said: “I condemn this act of vandalism and appeal for anybody with information to contact the PSNI.
“This park is enjoyed by the entire community and antisocial behaviour must not be tolerated.
“Our Borough has a number of award-winning parks, which staff and the community work hard to maintain.
“Our staff are currently working to remove the paint, however, damage to the park fencing is more substantial and will take some time to repair.
“The play area will remain closed until all repair work has been completed and it is safe to use again.”