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Republican graffiti sprayed on gravestones in Cookstown

By John Mulgrew

Gravestones have been damaged and daubed with republican graffiti during an attack in Cookstown.

The attack happened at the Drum Road in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two men, aged 19, two aged 20 and a further two aged 21, were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

Four of the men have since since released unconditionally without charge.

Two - aged 21 and 20 - received adult cautions for minor drug offences.

Ulster Unionist MLA Sandra Overend said she was "utterly appalled".

"This is first and foremost and attack on the families of those who are buried there, and my sympathies are with them at this time; but it is also an attack on the entire community in Mid-Ulster, who have been let down by these mindless thugs," she said.

"It is shocking to think that these types of crimes are still being carried out."

A PSNI spokesman said: "At around 3.35am it was reported a number of gravestones in the area had been damaged.

"It is believed that grafitti was spray painted and scraped onto the gravestones.

"At this stage, police are treating the incident as a hate crime."


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