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Paint attack on Antrim war memorial condemned

By Nevin Farrell

There have been calls for calm in Co Antrim after the latest attack in a tit-for-tat paint bomb and graffiti war.

The PSNI has appealed for information after the wave of attacks on Catholic churches and war memorials in the Glenavy, Magheragall and Stoneyford areas, near Lisburn.

The latest attack was on Sunday night when paint was thrown over the war memorial in Glenavy.

That followed sectarian graffiti being painted on St Peter's Church at Rock Road near Stoneyford, and St Joseph's Church at Kilcorig Road, Magheragall, on Friday night.

Paint was also thrown over a war memorial in Stoneyford on Friday. Police in Lisburn are treating the attacks as sectarian hate crimes.

Last night they appealed for information following the criminal damage to the memorial at Main Street in Glenavy.

Shortly before 8.15am yesterday it was reported to police that paint had been thrown at the memorial.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector John Wilson, appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Lisburn Alliance councillor Brian Dornan condemned the wave of attacks.

"I would call for calm following the spate of vandalism in the area," he said.

"There can be no justification for these types of sectarian 'tit-for-tat' attacks.

"I am deeply saddened by the attack on the Glenavy war memorial. People from all backgrounds fought in World War One. Commemoration of the Great War does not belong to just one group – everybody should remember those who lost their lives in this conflict."

Ulster Unionist councillor Robbie Butler said: "I just wonder what is in people's heads when they're attacking something which the ordinary person holds so dear."

SDLP councillor Pat Catney said the people responsible had "nothing to offer" the community.

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