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PSNI investigate Tyrone 'foreign nationals' sign as a hate crime

A local councillor said that the sign was removed on New Year’s Eve.

CONCERN HAS BEEN raised by the appearance of a sign about ‘foreign nationals’ on a Co Tyrone electricity pole.

Photographs of the sign, said to be in Moygashel, appeared on Reddit yesterday:

imageCan’t see the sign? Click here. Pic: RevolutionaryCommie/Imgur

Today, the PSNI said that on Tuesday, 31 December, police in Dungannon “were made aware of a sign having been erected on a pole at the entrance to Hillcrest Park, Moygashel”.

This sign was subsequently removed on the same date.

Police are investigating this incident as a hate crime and are asking anyone who witnessed the sign being erected, or anyone with any information to contact them at Dungannon Police Station on 0845 600 8000.

Information can be provided anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Local DUP councillor Kim Ashton told TheJournal.ie that the sign has since been taken down.

She said that the sign appeared over the Christmas holiday on Jacksonville Road. “Police are treating it as a hate crime,” she said, adding that it appears to be a professionally printed sign.

“It’s something we don’t support,” said Ashton. “We want to see the whole community getting on together. This type of incident – we certainly don’t want to see it, and we don’t want to see members of the public raise tension in the area.”

She said that Moygashel is a built-up residential area and is a diverse town.

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