Belfast Telegraph

Attack on Co Londonderry chapel branded 'hate crime'

The graffiti at St Anne's Chapel in Kilrea. Credit: Sinn Fein
The graffiti at St Anne's Chapel in Kilrea. Credit: Sinn Fein

A Sinn Fein Mayor has branded an attack on a Catholic chapel in Co Londonderry a "hate crime".

Causeway Coast and Glens councillor Sean Bateson was speaking after St Anne's Chapel in Kilrea was daubed with graffiti on Friday evening.

"F*** the Pope" and "FTP" was sprayed on the walls of the church.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“First and foremost, this is a sectarian hate crime and those responsible should be brought to book," Councillor Bateson said.

“Parishioners and locals are incensed by this disgraceful graffiti attack on St Anne’s Chapel, which is nothing more than blatant sectarian vandalism.

“I would call on anyone with any information on this hate crime to bring it forward to the PSNI.”

UUP councillor Richard Holmes described the incident as "sickening".

"What has been achieved by this? Stirring up tensions usually ends with tit for tat attacks and we all lose," he said/

"For society to move on we need to show tolerance and respect for each other. That is the only way we will ever break out of the cycle of intolerance, hatred and violence that has dogged our country for decades.

"Anyone with information should contact the PSNI immediately."

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