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DUP man apologises for offensive term about Down's syndrome

Robert Smith is a former mayor of Craigavon
Robert Smith is a former mayor of Craigavon
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

A DUP councillor has apologised for using an offensive term for people with Down's syndrome on social media after the theft of his motorcycle.

Following a robbery at his home, former Craigavon mayor Robert Smith wrote on Facebook on Sunday: "My motorbike has been stolen from my house in Tandragee sometime through the night by *****.

"Please share but I'm sure it's parts by now. Honda CBR-125-R. Very distinctive colours and rare."

When his use of the term was challenged, he edited his post and removed the refernce.

Sinn Fein councillor Catherine Nelson said: "There is no place for this type of offensive language in our society. Regardless of circumstance, such offensive and derogatory language is disgusting and distasteful."

Mr Smith has since apologised for any offence caused by the comments, adding: "It was in no way a reference to anyone with disabilities."

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