Coleraine Mayor's home vandalised

Published Tuesday, 29 July 2014
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Graffiti has been painted on a wall at the Mayor of Coleraine's home in a series of incidents in the County Londonderry town.

The slogan "Still hate your rag S.O.J" was daubed on the wall of George Duddy's Drumaquill Road home on Monday night.

It's the third time the DUP councillor's home has been attacked in the past year.

Corrosive liquid was also poured over a car in the Granary Drive area, causing substantial damage to the vehicle police said.

A Union flag was also removed from the front of a house in the Quilly Road area and graffiti sprayed on the front porch of the house.

Police are investigating a link between the three incidents and are treating them as a hate crime.

Coleraine Mayor George Duddy said: "This was pure sectarianism.

"We have had 17 similar incidents in Coleraine recently and no one has been caught.

"I would hope the police would pull out all the stops to catch those responsible."

Fellow politicians have also condemned the incident.

East Londonderry MLA John Dallat, said those behind the attacks "do not represent the good people of the Coleraine area and have no place in society".

The SDLP representative added: "These despicable attacks must stop, and the people of Coleraine should not tolerate them. No one should ever have to live with such intimidation."

Justice Minister David Ford described those behind the attacks as "faceless cowards".

The Alliance representative added: "These are blatant hate crimes carried out by sectarian people and serve absolutely no purpose but to cause fear and disruption."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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Comments Comments
Jay in Tyrone wrote (182 days ago):
With budget cuts and a reduction of £4000 in police pay from previous years how can an effective police service be delivered. 17 incidents is ridiculous none the less and the louts should have been caught by now. After the 3rd time I would have set cameras up.
Ciaran in Carnlough wrote (183 days ago):
Very strange, considering this is in a rural area close to loyalist towns and villages.
Aussie in Co Down wrote (183 days ago):
A man displaying a flag in a sectarian manner attacked by others in a sectarian manner, there is a vicious cycle here wouldn't you think? Until we live in a society where flags are not flown to show one sides superiorty over the others, this will continue to happen.
lucylou in belfast wrote (183 days ago):
I hope people are as condemning of all these sectarian attacks as they are of racist attacks. They are ALL disgusting .The sad thing is when it's sectarian vandalism [towards EITHER community] we seem to be more accepting of it. A very dangerous attitude. It is NEVER acceptable or something to become immune to and seen as 'part of life' in N Ireland.
David in Belfast wrote (183 days ago):
Looks the PSNI are not working hard to find these louts. The fact that there have been 17 incidents really shows how little we can depend on a shared future.
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