Those who threw paint at a church in Belfast engaged in an act of “mindless vandalism”, a local politician said.
Last week a piece of artwork from loyalist Sandy Row was placed on a bonfire in west Belfast. It was removed before the bonfire was lit but caused outrage in the area.
Alasdair McDonnell was speaking after an incident at St Malachy’s Church in Alfred Street which police said happened between 7am and 7.30am on Friday.
The south Belfast MLA said: “Such mindless vandalism serves no purpose and undermines all the good work invested in cross community work across South Belfast.”
Condemnation was also tweeted from the official PUP Twitter account.
A statement posted said: “Attacks on murals, memorials and church property in the South Belfast area should cease. PUP call on loyalist youths not to rise to the bait.”