Armitage calls for calm after church was daubed with sectarian graffiti

Alliance East Belfast Councillor David Armitage has condemned those responsible for sectarian graffiti which was daubed on the front door of St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Willowfield. The graffiti appeared after a memorial on the Newtownards Road to two men who were killed by the IRA was vandalised.

Cllr David Armitage said: “There can never be any justification for attacking any place of worship. I am very disappointed that there are those who believe it is acceptable to paint such disgraceful messages on a church. This despicable vandalism has no place in our society.

“I am very concerned that this incident comes after a memorial on the Newtownards Road was vandalised and would appeal for calm from on sides. These incidents are damaging community relations in the area. Those responsible are thugs who are adding nothing to our society except to create tension in the community.

“I would urge anybody with any information about this graffiti to contact the Police or Crimestoppers.”


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