Landmark loyalist murals painted over in east Belfast
A set of landmark loyalist murals in east Belfast have been painted over.
The murals, which adorned the gable walls of properties on the Newtownards Road, were removed earlier this week.
The site, known as 'Freedom Corner', is popular with tourists and other visitors to the city.
For decades the walls have hosted several paintings glorifying the UDA, which was formed in 1971
Tribute was also paid to the UFF, a cover name used by the UDA to kill Catholics.
Various other loyalist symbols, slogans and images formed part of the well-known series of murals.
Travellers passing through the area this week were surprised to find no trace of the artwork, which had been covered over with white paint.
In 2015 the murals were also removed and later replaced as part of a re-imaging programme in the area.
At the time north Down loyalists Dee Stitt, of Charter NI, said the murals "are part of the fabric of east Belfast".
"They are never going to go away," he said.
Local politicians and loyalists were last night surprised by the removal of the murals.