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Racist graffiti at Belfast house condemned

An image of the graffiti posted was posted online
Paul Ainsworth

Police are appealing for information after racist graffiti was daubed outside a house in south Belfast.

'Local only' was painted on the wall in the Locksley Park area of Finaghy in the early hours of Saturday, with police describing it as "racially motivated criminal damage".

It is believed it happened between midnight and 2am.

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PSNI Inspector Nigel Loughlin said: "Officers have been in the area carrying out enquiries and it is clear that the person behind this disgraceful act has absolutely no support in this community."

He added: "I would encourage anyone with information to contact police on 101."

The graffiti was also condemned by Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw.

"I was disgusted to hear that a young family woke up to this on their wall," she said.

"However, I'm pleased that both the PSNI and the local community are offering their support."

Belfast councillor and party colleague Kate Nicholl welcomed the slogan's removal yesterday.

"I wish it were as simple to remove such hateful, narrow minded callousness - there is a lot of work needed to tackle racism in Northern Ireland," she said.

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