Sectarian graffiti has been daubed on the walls of a Protestant church.
The republican slogans were painted across a wall and on the doors of Ballyarnett Presbyterian Church in Londonderry overnight on Saturday and Sunday.
Reverend Alastair Rosborough said some of the words are so bad they could not be repeated.
“They basically say to us that we are not welcome here,” he said. “This is supposed to be the year when this city is the UK City of Culture and we’re being told, you’re not welcome here.”
Local DUP MP Gregory Campbell said: “The graffiti was grossly offensive, sectarian and blatantly anti-Protestant.” He added: “Religious freedom is one of the foundation stones of the United Kingdom, those behind this attack want to close Protestant churches and bully Protestants. Whilst an attack like this can raise tensions, I would urge everyone to be calm and certainly there should be no retaliation.”
Sinn Fein councillor Tony Hassan said: “The local community are outraged at this act of vandalism and I would call on people to stop these actions especially against a place of worship.”