Police probe 'foreign tenants' graffiti

Published Wednesday, 02 July 2014
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Complaints have been made to police over a threat made to landlords in the Co Tyrone village of Moygashel, with graffiti claiming that "leasing property to foreign nationals will not be tolerated".

Police probe 'foreign tenants' graffiti
The graffiti has been caught on camera and posted on social media. (© @kellynoelle0)

It is the second time this year that police have had to investigate such messages appearing in the village, after similar signs were posted in January.

The latest message has been daubed on a wall sometime between 11pm on Friday and 5am on Saturday.

Officers are investigating and have appealed to anyone with information to contact them in Dungannon, or to either speak with their local beat officer or contact Crimstoppers anonymously.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Jane Humphries said: "It is disappointing that a small minority of people are engaged in this type of behaviour.

"Local police would like to reassure the public that our priority is to keep communities safe and to reassure them that we can act quickly and effectively."

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew branded the message both "racist and extremely sinister", adding that it must be removed immediately.

"Those behind it have taken the time and effort to stencil this message threatening landlords who would rent property to foreign nationals," she said.

"This comes only a day after KKK flags were removed in Belfast.

"This message threatens landlords and essentially instils fears into anyone from an ethnic background living in or near the town."

Ms Gildernew also called for political leadership on the issue.

"Politicians from all parties should be unequivocal that racism has no place in Tyrone or anywhere else," she said.

© UTV News
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Ger in Lurgan wrote (80 days ago):
There is no point complaining as some people are too stupid to understand criticism or comprehend what their actions are doing to society in general. Such people that painted the grafitti live in their own little world and they are unable to look beyond their petty little lifes built on prejudice and intolerance. They are to be pitied as they are living in the past and are so obsessed by marking out their own territory, they are unable to see a shared future based on honesty, integrity and respect.
Brian in Ballymena wrote (80 days ago):
I totally condemn this. It's ugly and racist. I've nothing against Eastern Europeans and have many Poles as friends but one has to understand the thinking of an individual doing this. They are fearful of becoming a minority in their own town/country. Just as in Birmingham and Burnley; two traditional English industrial towns; now 76% Muslim and demands for Shiria law ; own schools etc. The Ethnic Society in my town has appealed for road and street signs in Polish. Does this sound familiar and do you see where this leads to animosity amongst the local community? I've just got one gripe. If you want to work and live in this country. Please learn English. Doubt this will be posted due to UTVs exorbitant vetting bias but was in no way racist. One has to look at both sides of the coin.
Tommy Atkins in London,England wrote (80 days ago):
So now landlords are being told who not to rent to! To think that British soldiers died in the streets of N Ireland so these racist could carry out hate crimes " Ach sure isn't it the loveliest wee place on earth where everyone is so friendly No wonder N Ireland is known as the racist capital of Europe
ammers in Belfast wrote (81 days ago):
this is a total disgrace - who do they think they are, have they no brain to realise they they who carry out this behaviour are a small minority - we all should be able to live in peace with our neighbours - shame on you to ruin our country's good reputation. I think it is high time the Courts make an example out of any one caught carrying out this kind of intimidation
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (81 days ago):
Not the first racist incident from Moygashel.
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