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Call for UDA flag to be removed from front of council building

A UDA flag has been put up outside Causeway Coast and Glens council offices in Limavady
Connla Young

The SDLP has called for the removal of a UDA flag hoisted outside a council office in Co Derry.

The flag was raised outside the Limavady office of Causeway Coast and Glens council.

East Derry SDLP assembly member Cara Hunter said the flag should be removed.

“Limavady is a shared and welcoming community. There is no place for the illegal flags of paramilitary murderers in this, or any, community," she said.

“I have been in touch with the PSNI about this situation and have asked them to facilitate the removal of the flag which is causing immense hurt and distress to people from across our community.”

A spokesman for the council said the flag was put up without its "knowledge or permission"

“Council officers are making arrangements to have the flag removed safely," he said.

" It is disappointing that Council’s property has been used in this way.”

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: "Flags are a difficult and sensitive issue for many in our community."

She said the removal of flags is not the responsibility of the PSNI

"We can only remove flags where there are substantial risks to public safety or where it is believed a criminal offence has occurred," she said.

"However, we will continue to work with elected and community representatives as well as our partners to find local resolutions on the flying of flags in public areas."

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