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Homophobic graffiti in Lurgan shop being treated as hate crime

Police are treating homophobic graffiti which was scrawled onto a stand in a shop in Lurgan as a hate crime.

The words "gay shame" were written onto a stand selling Skittles in a Tesco store in the town.

The stand had a message which said: "Only one rainbow matters during pride".

The incident happened just weeks before the Belfast Pride Festival which runs from Friday July 27 to Sunday August 4.

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime. Credit: PSNI

A PSNI officer, writing on the force's Craigavon Facebook page, said: "These ugly sentiments have no place in society. We were made aware of this hate crime yesterday in Lurgan whilst dealing with an unrelated incident.

"To highlight the mindset of the people who still push these views, the suspect chose a shop with some of the best CCTV in the country. We'll be having a chat soon.

"Hate crime of any form has no place in society. Respect and tolerance are the very least that should be afforded to a fellow human being. If you see hate crime, speak up. Inaction breeds further action. To say nothing is to support it."

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