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Sectarian graffiti daubed at Newtownabbey housing development

Published 10/11/2015

The graffiti at the entrance to Felden Housing development
The graffiti at the entrance to Felden Housing development

Sectarian graffiti has been daubed at the entrance of a housing development in Newtownabbey.

On Monday night 'No G'mount Orange Scum Here' in reference to the Graymount area nearby, was daubed on the entrance wall to Felden Housing development.

Previously graffiti has been daubed and Tricolours erected.

The first residents moved into the new Felden site on the Mill Road in October.

The 97 homes - due to be completed next April - are close to both the nationalist Longlands area and unionist White City.

The new development had been marketed as a "mixed community where people choose to live with others regardless of their race, religion or background in a neighbourhood that is safe and welcoming to all".

DUP MP Nigel Dodds has condemned the graffiti branding it the latest in a "crusade of intimidation".

Mr Dodds said: "I am utterly disgusted and appalled by this latest act of sectarian intimidation by Republicans who have been relentless in their campaign to deny families from the unionist community access to these homes.

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"This continued campaign of threats and intimidation has clearly been orchestrated by those who would not tolerate a Protestant about the place.

"Whilst we have heard words of condemnation from nationalist and republican political representatives, we have failed to see any action to bring these acts to an end. Action is needed, not just words.

"I will be meeting with the Chief Executive of the Housing Executive later this week and will be reminding him that Housing Need in Unionist areas was used to justify this development. He must now give the go ahead for a development of similar size that would meet that need.”

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