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Sectarian graffiti attack in graveyard sees six arrested

The incident took place this morning at a graveyard in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Image: graveyard via shutterstock

SIX MEN HAVE been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage at a graveyard in Northern Ireland.

The incident occurred in the early hours of this morning at a graveyard in Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

The men are between 19 and 21 years of age and are currently being held in police custody.

It is believed that the incident took place at the Council graveyard which holds both Protestant and Catholic graves.

On the incident, local Reverend Canon R J Norman Porteus, said: ”Sad to see, sad to hear about it. The times we are living in I suppose. Whatever the reason, no cause for it.”

The incident is being treated as a sectarian hate crime.

Last month sectarian graffiti was daubed on two Catholic churches in Co Antrim. SDLP councillor Pat Catney described the incident as “a backwards step”.

Read: Sectarian graffiti daubed on two churches

Also: Calls for Ireland to legislate against online hate crime

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