Caution and calm has been called for after two murals commemorating the Somme were paint-bombed in Portadown and Lurgan.
Green paint was splashed over the Somme mural at Edgarstown on Sunday night. A similar incident took place in Lurgan’s Mourneview estate.
DUP Councillor Carla Lockhart condemned those responsible and described the attacks as “despicable” adding, “These people involved in this act need caught by the PSNI and reprimanded. Men fought and died for their country at the Battle of the Somme and here we have people who want to denigrate and attack their memory in a most disgusting way.”
The paint has since been removed from the Edgarstown mural, with Ms Lockhart urging people not to respond.
“I would urge caution and calm. This does nothing to help community relations going forward. However, as we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme make no mistake about it these brave men and their families will be remembered for the sacrifice and bravery shown whilst fighting for our country.”
Secretary of the local Ancre Somme Association Mr Lexi Davidson said, “It is shameful that anyone should attack this mural and the one situated in Edgarstown as it clearly shows a total lack of understanding. There is no religious differentiation made by this mural. It remembers all faiths, and none, who died during World War One. Tolerance and respect are required but that only comes when you have an understanding.”