Belfast Telegraph

Call for intervention in Limavady to ease tensions after sectarian incidents

Sinn Fein have called for political and civic leaders to intervene in Limavady in an attempt to ease tensions in the area.

There have been a number of sectarian incidents in the area in recent days.

Kerbstones were painted red, white and blue in the Benevenagh Drive area of Limavady and sectarian graffiti was daubed on St Mary's Catholic church.

Tricolours have since been erected in the nationalist Glens estate in Limavady and kerbstones painted green, white and orange in response.

Ill feelings have escalated since Wednesday night when it is understood police prevented a group of loyalists from removing Irish tricolours from lamp-posts.

Earlier the same day, Department for Infrastructure contractors stopped removing red, white and blue paint from a roundabout at the gateway to Limavady after a number of people arrived and began to film the workers.

East Londonderry MLA Caoimhe Archibald met with the PSNI on Friday to discuss the issue.

She said that residents were becoming "very concerned" by the activity.

“It was extremely disappointing that, far from seeking to defuse tensions, a large group of loyalists sought to exacerbate them by erecting Union flags outside the chapel and parochial house on Thursday night. It is also disappointing that the PSNI, who were on the scene, took no measures to stop them and that is something I raised with the police in today’s meeting," Ms Archibald said.

“As we face into the weekend, particularly with the Apprentice Boys parade taking place, there is a responsibility on all political, civic and community leaders to do all they can to help reduce the tensions that exist.

“The community in Limavady are growing increasingly concerned at the damage that is being done to community relations so I would again appeal to all those in positions of influence to stand together in combating this negative agenda.”

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