A Tyrone community has been left in a state of shock and anger over the "disgusting" attack on a statue, a local councillor has said.
Red paint was thrown over the statue of Mary in Greencastle, Co Tyrone.
Mid Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Sean Clarke said: “There is deep sense of shock and anger within this local community at the disgusting defacing of a statue of ‘Our Lady’ in Greencastle and these sentiments are being shared wide and far.
“The motives behind what has happened are as yet unclear but it is suffice to say that whoever is responsible has stooped to the depths of depravity in a warped effort to cause the utmost offence and hurt possible."
Police are investigating and have appealed for information.
A PSNI spokeswoman said: "At approximately 4.40pm on Monday, 9 October, Police received a report that a statue on the Mullydoo Road, Greencastle had been damaged. It is believed that this incident occurred sometime between the night of Saturday, 7 October and the morning of Sunday, 8 October."