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Graffiti on DUP mayor's Coleraine home is hate crime

“Curry my yougrt (sic), oil my AK-47”, was spray-painted on a wall outside DUP councillor George Duddy’s house.

By Amanda Ferguson

Graffiti sprayed on the home of the mayor of Coleraine is being treated as a hate crime, police have said.

The words “Curry my yougrt (sic), oil my AK-47”, was spray-painted on a wall outside DUP councillor George Duddy’s house on Sunday night.

The comment references the controversial “curry my yoghurt can coca coalyer” remarks made last month by Mr Duddy’s party colleague, east Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell, mocking the Irish language.

Last week Mr Campbell received a death threat after repeating the comments - a garbled version of "go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comhairle" which translates as "thank you, Speaker" - at the DUP party conference.

Last night’s attack on Mr Duddy’s home is the fourth such incident in the last 18  months and one in a series of 30 incidents reported in Coleraine area.

Mr Duddy described it as a personal attack he was taking seriously, as the message references an assault rifle,  but has said he will not be forced from his home by those behind the graffiti.

“They come like thieves in the night and do what they do,” he told Radio Ulster.

“They aren’t man enough to come and make comments to my face.”

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police are appealing for information after an incident of criminal damage in the Drumaquill Road area of Coleraine last night, Sunday, November 30.

“Shortly before 9.20pm it was reported that graffiti had been painted on a garden wall in the area.”

Inspector David McCausland confirmed police are treating this as a hate crime and would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information in relation to it to contact police in Coleraine on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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