Councilor forced to try to clean up ‘despicable and racist graffiti’ at borough play park – Armagh I

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon ​​Borough Council have condemned vandalism which has taken place at least twice this summer at a play park in Waringstown.

Earlier this week, DUP leader Alderman Mark Baxter took to social media to criticize the ‘despicable and racist graffiti’ he was trying to clean up in Waringstown Playground.

Playing equipment was smeared in offensive material, including an attempted swastika – an ancient religious symbol that has become synonymous with the Nazi Party and neo-Nazis.

“I have just spent an hour trying to remove despicable and racist graffiti in Waringstown Playground,” Alderman Baxter said.

“These are shocking things to write anywhere, let alone a children’s play park.

“The council will be there to give it a deep clean, but I managed to get rid of the worst.

“I just can’t figure out what’s going on in people’s heads.”

A council spokesperson confirmed that local authorities removed the graffiti the day after they were reported and warned that anyone caught committing the acts of vandalism, which they say are on the rise in the borough, will be reported to the PSNI.

‘Graffiti which recently appeared in Waringstown Playground was cleaned up and removed by council staff the morning after it was reported, an unfortunate incident which has now happened twice at this location,’ the doorman said. -word.

“It has been noted that there has been an increase in graffiti in the borough over the summer months. Play parks and public spaces are for the benefit of all members of the community.

“Vandalism by graffiti or other means is completely unacceptable, creating an unsightly and unwelcome environment as well as financial implications every time it has to be addressed.

“Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon ​​Borough Council strongly condemn these acts of vandalism and anyone caught causing criminal damage to play park equipment will be reported to the PSNI.”

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