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Limavady roundabout re-painted red, white and blue

Contractors were forced to withdraw after re-storing part of the roundabout to its original black and white colour. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

A ROUNDABOUT in Limavady has been re-painted red, white and blue after contractors sent in to remove the paint were intimidated from the area.

Tensions have risen in the Co Derry town after the roundabout was painted in the colours of the Union flag.

Police had to intervene last week when a group of loyalists attempted to remove Irish tricolours while sectarian graffiti was also daubed on the town’s St Mary’s Catholic church. Footpaths in the Ballyquin Road area of the town have also been painted green, white and orange, prompting calls for a de-escalation of tensions in the town.

Last Wednesday, contractors called in to remove paint on a roundabout withdrew after a group of loyalists arrived and started to film them.

The contractors left the scene after restoring only half of the roundabout to its original colours. However, over the weekend, the entire roundabout was re-painted red, white and blue.

A roundabout on the outskirts of Limavady daubed in red, white and blue paint. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

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