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Sectarian graffiti in North Derry condemned

26 May, 2008

The people of Drumsurn awoke on Sunday past to find vandals had been at work in the early hours in the small North Derry village.

Graffiti had been sprayed over the entrance to the local GAA club, St. Matthews GAC, which had recently been revamped, with the addition of a plaque in honour of diseased clubman Billy Doran, who the park has been named after.

The road signs welcoming travellers into the village were also defaced with graffiti and a phone box and bus shelter which appear to have been smashed up as part of the same incident.

Local Sinn Fein Cllr Brenda Chivers said:

"It is an outrage that this sort of behaviour has occurred in Drumsurn and is to be utterly condemned,"

"The letters 'NF' and 'UFF' are repeated several times and appear to refer to National Front and Ulster Freedom Fighters,

"This is an extremely worrying development.

"The GAA is a sporting organisation which particularly in small rural area's is often the hub of the community, providing a great service, particularly for young people.

"The local club is a shinning example of this, run by some very dedicated members.

"Drumsurn is quite a peaceful area, in which all sections of the community live in relative harmony, and we do not need this type of behaviour in the village,

"These people have nothing to offer society.

"If anyone witnessed anything suspicious in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning, they should contact the PSNI directly or through myself." Críoch

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