SDLP election posters set on fire in Co Tyrone
ELECTION posters have been burned in a "perplexing" act of vandalism ahead of the local elections in Mid Ulster.
SDLP councillor Sharon McAleer said "a number" of her posters were ser on fire in the Clogher Valley village of Caledon, Co Tyrone.
Ms McAleer said she was "both disappointed and perplexed".
"To rip up or destroy a poster is one thing, but to set them alight is a disgraceful act and an affront on democracy.
"My message to those who did it is very simple, if you don't like my politics, don't vote for it. Or even better, put yourself on the ballot paper and compete fairly and openly.
"I have represented all of the people of Clogher Valley for the last 5 years. Criminal damage to my posters won't deter me from continuing this work."
The attack came to light as a man and a teenager were released "pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service" in relation to damage to election posters along Lurgan Road in Dromore, Co Down.
The two males aged 22 and 17 were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of criminal damage.