Sectarian graffiti daubed on churches

Published Saturday, 16 August 2014
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Police are investigating a link between two graffiti attacks on Catholic churches in Co Antrim.

Sectarian graffiti daubed on churches
The clean-up at St Peter's Church on Saturday. (© Presseye)

It was reported at around 8.15am on Saturday that St Peter's Church on the Rock Road in Stoneyford had been painted with sectarian slogans overnight.

Similar graffiti was also daubed on St Joseph's Church in Glenavy, Co Antrim.

SDLP Lisburn Councillor Pat Catney said he believes the churches were targeted because of damage caused to a war memorial in the area on Friday.

"Paint was thrown on memorial and what they put on the side of the churches was 'tit for tat' - but this is a backward step," he said.

"I work in the SDLP for community relations for a better and more prosperous future, this is the complete opposite to where we want to go.

"The people who did this have nothing to offer and if anybody knows anything at all about this, let's give it to the police, let's bring them out into the public and name and shame them."

Alliance Lisburn Councillor Brian Dornan has expressed his disgust at the acts of vandalism and appealed for anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

"Sectarianism has no place in our society. I am deeply saddened that paint has been thrown over the war memorial in Stoneyford. This attack comes as people from all backgrounds came together to commemorate the start of World War One," he said.

"Any attack on a place of worship is completely unacceptable. I would condemn those behind this graffiti in the strongest possible manner.

"There can be no justification for these mindless acts of vandalism. I know the local community will be outraged at all of these crimes."

Police are treating the two incidents at the churches as hate crimes.

Detectives have appealed to anyone who witnessed either incident or anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area overnight to contact them at Lisburn Police Station on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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16 Comments
Ryan in An Dun wrote (67 days ago):
@Ex Taxi paul. Just because you have no faith does not give you the right to come on here and talk about "imaginary friends". It's simple, these sectarian thugs are brought up by sectarian thugs. They know no different. I know they will get what they deserve. Just because you don't believe in anything (yet), don't come on here and disrespect the catholic, Protestant or any other religion. You have your right to believe what you want. Grow up and respect others. Your no better than those who disrespect the Christian faith by spraying churches and destroying graveyards!
lorna in limavady wrote (69 days ago):
I think we need to get back to God in this provence get rid of the old secterian monster we have made over the years the troubles blinded us.if we don't then our troubles are just simmering on the back burner. called flags, parades and the past years of torture.
Caz in Belfast wrote (69 days ago):
I blame social media!
grammarpolice in Dictionary wrote (69 days ago):
Why would you want to do something like this? Kids these days, their parents should be sending them to church, disgrace. Tidied up a bit for you.
Ger in Lurgan wrote (69 days ago):
Unfortunately it is an undeniable fact that the rise in sectarianism is becoming much more prevalent in Northern Ireland. When the purveyors of hate decide that places of Religious Worship, no matter from which side, are worth targetting then no place is safe. Some people have no shame and have nothing useful to contribute to society. They will continue to live out their lives in ignorance.
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