Racist graffiti the work of '˜absolute morons'

Those responsible for a racist graffiti attack in the Seapatrick area of Banbridge have been branded 'absolute morons'.

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017, 3:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:36 pm
The graffiti was painted on the wall of a garage sometime overnight on October 2/3.

A swastika and the words ‘EU RATS OUT’ were painted on the wall of a garage in the area sometime overnight (October 2/3).

One local woman posted a picture of the graffiti on the Banbridge Saints and Sinners Facebook page, saying “decent people don’t need this type of bullying and intimidation”. She reminded those responsible that the UK is still part of the EU and advised them to “take themselves off”.

Another poster described the graffiti, thought to have been directed at foreign nationals who work in a local factory, as “absolutely sickening” and branded those responsible “absolute morons”.

Condemning the incident, UUP Cllr Glenn Barr said: “This sort of thing is not welcome in Seapatrick or any other part of the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area.

“People have the right to live their lives without being subjected to this sort of despicable behaviour.”

“I have reported this to council officers and have asked for the graffiti to be removed as soon as possible.”

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart added: “I would condemn this criminal act and would urge anyone in the community who has information on who might have been involved to come forward to the police and report it.

“There is no room in society for hate crime. Everyone should be able to live in peace without fear of intimidation. I have asked for the council to remove this immediately.”

Police said they are aware of the incident and are investigating.