Sectarian graffiti sprayed on church

Published Friday, 07 December 2012
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Sectarian graffiti has been sprayed on the Church of Ireland in Glenavy, Co Antrim.

Sectarian graffiti sprayed on church
The church hall was targeted at night (© UTV)

Police believe the car park, driveway, parish hall and trees were targeted on Thursday night.

Local MP William McCrea said "every wall" of the Belfast Road building was painted.

"This is despicable and unacceptable," the DUP man said.

"Every wall of the building has been defaced.

"Glenavy Church of Ireland Church Hall has not only been attacked with sectarian graffiti but threats have also been painted on the walls about individuals."

Speaking at the scene, SDLP Lisburn councillor Pat Catney said: "This is the behaviour of morons.

"Cowards have descended under the cover of darkness and sprayed offensive, bitter slogans over trees and property. This is totally unacceptable and shameful."

The attack is one of a number in the area over recent weeks.

A War memorial and Orange Hall have also been targeted.

Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin said those responsible are trying to "drive a wedge" between the "good community relations" in the town.

He continued: "No place of worship should ever be targeted in this way. This is completely wrong and those behind it are sectarian bigots.

"It should never have happened and whoever is responsible will not succeed in driving a wedge between the good community relations that exist in the town."

Police called on anyone with more information to come forward.

© UTV News
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21 Comments
Paul in Belfast wrote (596 days ago):
Ciaran if u don't want us to include the three southern counties in our "culture" then don't try to force your culture upon us it's not wanted
tel in Belfast wrote (597 days ago):
This attack on the church in Glenavy and the protestant community is a disgrace to republicanism full stop. People of all faiths shown had the right to attend their place of worship without any kind of intimidation. Those who carried this attack out have nothing to offer and are cowards.
neil in lisburn wrote (597 days ago):
Im ASHAMED to come from N Ireland. There are a minority of people from both so called sides, that are a disgrace !!
alan in belfast wrote (597 days ago):
ryan how you tried to justify this one just makes you look stupid give it up pal.cant believe utv keeps putting your comments up makes them look silly to.
ex pat in south africa wrote (598 days ago):
Come on Martin ,you were quick off the mark to comment on our flag removal now lets hear your condemation on this cowardly attack on a place of worship by scum supporters of your ex collegues......but i won't hold my breath.
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