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Sectarian graffiti attack on Magherafelt house 'due to be allocated to Catholic'

Sectarian graffiti has been scrawled across the front of a house in Magherafelt
Connla Young

A VACANT house targeted in a sectarian attack in Co Derry was due to be allocated to a Catholic woman.

Threatening graffiti was scrawled across the front and side of the property in the Leckagh Drive area of Magherafelt last Saturday.

It now understood that a Catholic resident was due to move into the house in the mainly loyalist estate.

The slogan ‘No Taigs' was daubed across the front of the house while ‘No Taigs or foreigners' was plastered across the side of the property.

The Leckagh estate has a history of sectarian attacks including the targeting of Catholic homes with pipe bombs.

Sinn Féin councillor Darren Totten slammed the latest attack.

“There is no justification whatsoever for this vandalism or blatant sectarianism and racism,” he said.

“We can have no tolerance in our society for this kind of small-minded xenophobia. “

The Sinn Féin man said the attack “is not representative of the majority opinion but the non-sensical act of a very small number of misguided individuals”.

“I would ask those behind this graffiti to think about what they're doing and how it reflects on themselves, their families and neighbours,” he said.

A spokesman for the PSNI said the graffiti was spotted by a police patrol last Sunday.

"Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident and are treating it as a hate crime,” he said.

A spokesman for the Housing Executive said: “We can confirm a property owned by the Housing Execute in Leckagh Drive had graffiti sprayed on it on Saturday (8 September 2018).

“The property was vacant and the graffiti has since been removed.”

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