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Paramilitary graffiti daubed on Catholic church

 A statue of Christ on the Cross was defaced at St Mary's church in Limavady

LOYALIST paramilitary graffiti has been painted on a Catholic church in Co Derry.

UDA and UFF slogans were daubed on the doors and around the entrance of St Mary's Church in Limavady.

A statue of Christ on the Cross was also defaced.

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald said the attack was a sectarian hate crime.

“Parishioners and locals are incensed by this disgraceful graffiti attack on St Mary’s Chapel, which is nothing more than blatant sectarian vandalism," she said.

“This attack comes after an increase in the numbers of paramilitary flags being flown and a surge in kerb painting in the town.

“I would urge all elected and community leaders within unionism to show leadership in order to bring an end to the tensions in the area caused by marking territory in this way.

“I would call on anyone with any information on this hate crime to bring it forward to the PSNI.” 

 Paramilitary slogans were daubed on a Catholic church in Limavady

Limavady UUP representative Raymond Kennedy said: “I unreservedly condemn the disgraceful attack on St Mary’s Church on Irish Green Street in Limavady in which graffiti was daubed and damage caused to a crucifix.  

“I know the police are treating this as a sectarian hate crime and it is deplorable that any place of worship should ever be attacked."

 Loyalist slogans were painted on St Mary's church in Limavady

SDLP East Derry MLA John Dallat said the attack was "completely unacceptable".

“I utterly condemn those behind this, and they should be ashamed of their actions. They do not represent the people of East Derry and it will not be tolerated," he said.

The attack comes after paint was thrown at Crumlin Presbyterian Church hall over the weekend.

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