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Flags removed from Rathfriland water tower

The flags have been removed from the NI Water tower in Rathfriland. Google
The flags have been removed from the NI Water tower in Rathfriland. Google

Union and Northern Ireland flags illegally erected on top of a water tower in Rathfriland have been removed.

Police are investigating after intruders broke into the tower to put up the flags ahead of the Twelfth of July commemorations.

They also painted the top of the tower red, white and blue.

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Flags on Rathfriland water tower

NI Water, which owns the water tower, told the BBC the flags had been taken down and arrangements made to remove the paint.

Sinn Fein MP Chris Hazzard welcomed the move, saying the flags had "caused considerable concern and anger in the local community".

"NI Water must now take the necessary steps to ensure an incident like this does not happen again in the future", he added.

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