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Attacks on murals in Shankill condemned as 'evil and ignorant'

Two murals in the lower Shankill celebrating the role of Polish and Jewish people in the Second World War have been attacked over night.

One of the murals celebrates the role of Polish airmen in The Battle of Britain, the other remembers Lt colonel John Henry Patterson, an officer who commanded a Jewish military unit in the British Army during the First World War.

The murals appear to have been set on fire.

DUP MLA William Humphrey condemned the attacks.

He said: "Those ignorant people have attacked murals which commend and remember outstanding military personnel who fought for freedom and democracy.

"These attacks are evil and could well be seen as racist and anti-semitic. The attacks must be condemned across society."

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police received a report of damage to murals at Beverley Street in west Belfast on Wednesday 13th June.

"It is believed that two murals were set alight and badly damaged sometime overnight between Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th June. "

"Enquiries are ongoing into the matter and police would ask anyone with any information to contact them at Tennent Street on 101 quoting reference number 216 13/06/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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