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Sectarian graffiti daubed on two churches

The PSNI says it is investigating whether the two attacks are linked.

St Peter's Church in Lisburn.
St Peter's Church in Lisburn.
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POLICE IN COUNTY Antrim are investigating if there is a link between two incidents that saw sectarian graffiti daubed on two Catholic churches.

Police in Lisburn are appealing for information after it was reported that sectarian graffiti had been spray-painted over the walls of a chapel in the Glenavy area of the town.

At this stage, police say they are investigating a link between this incident and a report of criminal damage to another church at the Rock Road area in the early hours of this morning.

The attacks come after grey paint was thrown over a war memorial nearby on Friday.

SDLP councillor Pat Catney told the BBC that the attacks were a “backward step”.

“This is a backwards step. I’m very disappointed, but with the work of level-headed people in the community we’ll try to diffuse the situation,” he said.

Police say they are treating this as a hate crime and would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area overnight to contact them at Lisburn Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

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