Sectarian graffiti in Newtownabbey condemned

Anti-Protestant graffiti was painted on the wall of the new housing development at Mill Road last month.
Anti-Protestant graffiti was painted on the wall of the new housing development at Mill Road last month.

It has come to light that violently anti-Protestant slogans had appeared at the entrance to a shared housing development in Newtownabbey.

The DUP sent the above image through to the News Letter on Monday, July 20, depicting the threatening messages at Mill Road, close to the AbbeyCentre on the edge of north Belfast.

It is also near the strongly republican Longlands enclave.

The DUP said it was scrawled there on Sunday, July 12.

It was removed by July 15.

The DUP said in a statement from MP Nigel Dodds: “This major social housing development of 95 houses and two bungalows by Clanmil is designated as a Shared Future Development.

“The first phase of completed properties is expected to be allocated to tenants around the end of this summer.

“This development is a major investment in creating a shared social housing neighbourhood.

“Those responsible for this graffiti have made a pathetic attempt to undermine that work. This is new housing land on what was previously a shared training facility.

“I am determined that it should succeed as a sustainable Shared Future Development and I am confident that it can do so with the support of all communities.”

He thanked Clanmil Housing Association for its removal.

He also said graffiti was scrawled “on road signs in the vicinity and my office has contacted Transport NI to have this removed also as quickly as possible”.