Concerns have been raised that graffiti is becoming increasingly prevalent in the district, with vandals targeting a day nursery in the third such incident in weeks.
The paramilitary acronym ‘LVF’ was sprayed on the fence belonging to Child’s Play Nursery on the Rathfriland Road last week.
The perpetrators also painted ‘LVF’ in silver letters on the small electric substation close by. The incident happened sometime between Sunday, August 4 and Monday, August 5.
Child’s Play Nursery owner, Josephine McCord, branded those repsonsible as “eejits who were just being silly”. She also praised Banbridge District Council staff members for their “quick” response.
“Council were here the next day (Tuesday) and the graffiti was removed in the morning,” revealed Josephine.
The incident comes two weeks after Dunbar Bridge was daubed in graffiti, the second time it has been targeted in two months. At the end of July it is understood republican slogans had been daubed on the bridge which were later painted over by loyalists.
The walkway around Havelock Park was also targeted during the attack.
The bridge was targeted initially in June, when vandals splashed white paint over a plaque commemorating the journey of King William over the River Bann.
Councillor Jim McElroy told the Leader that the graffiti were the “actions of mindless and silly individuals”.
“I’m glad council has responded quickly to rectify the matter,” he said. “This just should not be happening. It is the ratepayer who ultimately has to pay to have this cleaned up. I condemn those involved.”
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or has information in relation to it to contact them on 0845 600 8000.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.