Graffiti is roundly condemned

Some of the graffiti which had been daubed in Solitude Park.
Some of the graffiti which had been daubed in Solitude Park.

Dunbar Bridge has once again been daubed in sectarian graffiti, leading to condemnation by the local PUP branch and the PSNI.

The walkway around Havelock Park was also targeted during the attack, which, it is believed, happened during the early hours of Monday morning.

It is believed that republican slogans had originally been daubed but that these had been painted over by loyalists.

A spokesperson for the PUP said that they had been made aware of the incident on Monday.

“PUP party members went down to have a look. We have spoke to the council and they were going to get it removed.

“There is no place for graffiti in any parts of Banbridge, regardless of what is says or claims to represent.

“We would urge the people involved, to think again and keep our town clean of this negative image.

“The PUP fully condemns any form of vandalism, and it has no place in our society. We urge anyone involved in such acts to think of the greater good for their areas.”

Banbridge District Council confirmed to the Leader that they had removed the graffiti on Thursday.

Meanwhile the police in Banbridge are encouraging the public to report all incidents of criminal or suspicious activity after local representatives raised concerns over graffiti.

Inspector Leslie Badger, Banbridge Neighbourhood and Response, said: “Graffiti constitutes criminal damage and could result in a criminal record and penalties for anyone found to be involved in this type of activity.

“I would encourage everyone to report this type of activity as soon as possible to police.

“When we receive timely information we have more opportunity to apprehend those responsible. Information also assists us in targeting our patrols.

“If you have any information about criminal or antisocial behaviour please contact us in Banbridge on 0845 600 8000.”

It’s the second time in a month that Dunbar Bridge has been subjected to such an attack. Prior to the mini-Twelfth in Banbridge white paint was splashed on the plaque commemorating the place where King William made his journey across the River Bann, which was unveiled during a reenactment of King William’s crossing of the river at Dunbar’s Bridge two years’ ago by Orangemen.

The Orange Order said graffiti in support of republicanism was also daubed next to the plaque.