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Police investigating hate crime after arson and 'UVF' graffiti painted at former UDR base

Police are treating the graffiti as a sectarian hate crime. Credit: Sinn Fein
Police are treating the graffiti as a sectarian hate crime. Credit: Sinn Fein

Police are investigating a sectarian hate crime after an arson and graffiti attack at a former UDR base in Coleraine.

The fire at Laurel Hill Road occured shortly before 3am on Wednesday morning.

Police and NIFRS attended the scene where a derelict property was on fire. The building suffered extensive damage. 

The building is understood to be a former UDR base for the Coleraine area.

Graffiti was also painted on a building next to the property that was set alight. It read "UVF" and "Sinn Fein out".

Police are working to establish the cause of the blaze and are treating the graffiti incident as a sectarian hate crime.

East Londonderry MLA Caoimhe Archibald urged those with information about the incident to bring it to police.

“It is particularly concerning that this attack has taken place when the northwest is currently welcoming thousands of visitors to The Open in Portrush and this is not the image we want to be projecting," she said.

“This attack will not deter us from providing first class service for everybody, regardless of their community background and we won’t be intimidated from representing those who elected us."

Police would appeal to anyone who  witnessed either incident, or saw any suspicious activity in the area to contact police at Coleraine Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference numbers 172 and 630 of 17/07/19.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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