Belfast Telegraph

Sectarian graffiti is daubed at troubled housing estate

By David Young

Sectarian graffiti has been daubed on a new housing development in Newtownabbey, just as the first tenants are moving in.

"No G'Mount Orange Scum Here" was painted on the entrance wall into the troubled Felden development close to the Abbey Centre in Newtownabbey.

'G'mount' refers to the Graymount area nearby.

It's not the first time the new estate has been targeted in this way.

While the 97 homes managed by Clanmil Housing Association were being built, Irish tricolours were hoisted on nearby lampposts and sectarian graffiti was painted at the entrance to the estate.

North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds hit out at the people behind the sectarian slogans.

Mr Dodds said: "I am utterly disgusted and appalled by this latest act of sectarian intimidation by republicans, who have been relentless in their campaign to deny families from the unionist community access to these homes."

Local Sinn Fein councillor Michael Goodman also condemned the sectarian graffiti: "I'm very disappointed that this graffiti has appeared at the development," he said.

"There has been a lot of work done by people on the ground to make everyone feel welcome to the area."

A spokeswoman for Clanmil Housing Association said: "We are deeply concerned that further graffiti has appeared with the intention of intimidating people who need a home and we have had it removed immediately. We would urge anyone with information about this to report it to the police."

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