Police are treating a paint attack on Glenavy War memorial as a hate crime.
Detectives are appealing for information after they received a report at 8.15am yesterday of the attack in the village’s Main Street, which they confirmed they are treating as a sectarian hate crime.
UUP MLA Danny Kinahan said: “It is profoundly depressing to hear of yet another act of criminal damage inflicted on the War Memorial in Glenavy, coming in the very month when we commemorated the outbreak of the First World War.
The Police are treating it as a hate-crime and there must be a strong suspicion that it is linked to a similar incident at nearby Stoneyford, and the vandalism at Catholic Churches in both Stoneyford and Glenavy.”
Sinn Fein representative Mary Kate Quinn said: “All of these attacks are wrong and this cycle of tit-for-tat vandalism achieves nothing and should stop immediately.”
Alliance councillor Brian Dornan called for calm following the spate of vandalism. “There can be no justification for these types of sectarian ‘tit-for-tat’ attacks,” he said.