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'Offensive and sectarian' Glengormley grafitti condemned

Graffiti at a Clanmil housing development at Carnmoney Road. Picture by Cliff Donaldson

Graffiti which has appeared on hoardings surrounding a new housing development in Glengormley on the edge of north Belfast has been described as "offensive and sectarian".

The spray canned message at the Clanmill housing project on the Carnmoney Road makes reference to "Republicen (sic) scum".

Sinn Féin councillor Micheal Goodman criticised those responsible, describing the words as "utterly unacceptable".

"I am calling on unionist representatives to unreservedly condemn this attempt to intimidate people and mark out territory," he said.

"Unfortunately incidents such as this only serve to further division and feed sectarianism at a time when the community wants to move forward."

In March, loyalist flags erected outside a new housing development in the Whitehouse area of Newtownabbey.

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