A senior Orangeman’s home has been daubed with threatening graffiti for the second time in as many months.
George Duddy is Coleraine District Master as well as a DUP councillor in the area.
Graffiti was sprayed on the wall of his home between 10.20pm and 10.40pm on Thursday night in what police are treating as a hate crime.
Last month in a similar incident a Union flag was also removed from Mr Duddy’s home.
An Orange Order spokesman said: “This latest sinister attack is deeply concerning and clearly yet another attempt by republicans to suppress Orangeism in the Coleraine area.
“The threatening nature of the graffiti is alarming and the reference linking Mr Duddy to a paramilitary organisation is as absurd as it is sickening.
“It is no coincidence this should occur during Sinn Fein open season as Martin McGuinness makes ludicrous claims regarding our organisation in north Belfast.
Such an accusation coming from a self-confessed former IRA commander lacks any credibility, is unproven and is absolute nonsense. However, to those with an anti-Orange agenda such vile language is actually serving to endanger the lives of our members.
“We would urge those involved in such activity to desist immediately.”
Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively information may be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.