Anti-NCA graffiti painted on SDLP office

The graffiti painted on the constituency office of Alban Maginness
The graffiti painted on the constituency office of Alban Maginness

The office of an SDLP MLA has been defaced by flyers and graffiti after the party offered its backing to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

North Belfast representative Alban Maginness hit out at those responsible for daubing ‘SDLP scum’ on the building, and blamed republican vandals for the damage.

The letters ‘SDLP = NCA’ were also painted on to the building, and flyers affixed to it.

It comes after the party dropped its opposition to allowing the UK-wide anti-crime body to operate with full powers in the Province.

The party had previously voiced fears about just how accountable such an organisation would be, but removed its objections at the start of February after a number of concessions were made.

Mr Maginness said: “Those responsible for the attack on my constituency office are nothing more than anti-democratic elements who speak for no-one.

“This attack on my office, and a local business, does nothing to advance our political process, and serves as a reminder of how far we have come.”

He said as a result of negotiations, the NCA will be “as accountable to the NI Policing Board as the PSNI are”, adding the party is willing to debate with anyone on the issue.