Bigot graf­fiti

Nil By Mouth slam van­dals’ poi­sonous slo­gans

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Sec­tar­ian graf­fiti in Ruther­glen is a “hate crime” ac­cord­ing to Scot­land’s anti-big­otry char­ity.

The slo­gans were re­ported to the Re­former by a con­cerned reader who spot­ted them in the un­der­pass be­tween Ruther­glen Main Street and Mill Street.

Sec­tar­ian graf­fiti in Ruther­glen is a “hate crime” ac­cord­ing to Scot­land’s anti-big­otry char­ity.

The slo­gans were re­ported to the Re­former by a con­cerned reader who spot­ted them in the un­der­pass be­tween Ruther­glen Main Street and Mill Street.

One of the mes­sages read “We hate prods” while an­other says “FTDOBS” which stands for “F*** the dirty or­ange b*******”.

The res­i­dent, who did not wish to be named, said: “Whilst there has been a no­tice­able in­crease in graf­fiti around Ruther­glen re­cently I was very dis­heart­ened to see that there is now a sec­tar­ian el­e­ment to this mind­less­ness, case in point being the anti-Protes­tant mes­sages daubed on the walls of the un­der­pass.

“This is ob­vi­ously the work of lo­cal dis­af­fected youths, and you can only hope that once they ma­ture they will re­alise that ha­tred of a sec­tion of so­ci­ety based on re­li­gious or po­lit­i­cal be­liefs is not the mind­set to bring up any chil­dren that they may bring in to this world, un­like their own par­ents.”

Dave Scott, a spokesman for anti-sec­tar­ian char­ity Nil By Mouth, urged res­i­dents to re­port the of­fen­sive van­dal­ism.

He said: “These are the ac­tions of a mind­less, idi­otic and mo­ronic in­di­vid­ual. This sort of sec­tar­ian non­sense does not be­long in Ruther­glen and we would hope, be­cause it is a hate crime, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil pri­ori­tise it in terms of clean­ing it up.

“Putting it in con­text, these ac­tions are of­ten one in­di­vid­ual and should not re­flect on the com­mu­nity as a whole.”

Re­fer­ring to Cairns and St Cadoc’s pri­mary schools who picked up Nil By Mouth’s cham­pi­ons for change award ear­lier this year, Mr Scott added: “Sec­tar­ian mo­rons like this want to try and dam­age those re­la­tion­ships.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil con­firmed the graf­fiti was due to be cleaned off yes­ter­day, Tues­day.

Speak­ing on Mon­day, Alis­tair McKin­non, head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and grounds ser­vices, said; “I would like to thank the Re­former for bring­ing this to our at­ten­tion, an in­spec­tion has now been car­ried out and a graf­fiti re­moval team is sched­uled to visit the lo­ca­tion to­mor­row morn­ing.

“We take of­fen­sive graf­fiti ex­tremely se­ri­ously and I would en­cour­age peo­ple to re­port it by phon­ing 0303 123 1020.”

The coun­cil also ad­vises that there is an online form for re­port­ing graf­fiti at www.south­la­nark­shire.gov.uk/forms/form/164/en/land_ser­vices_en­quiry. How­ever, of­fi­cers say they are able to re­spond more quickly if it is re­ported by tele­phone.

This sort of sec­tar­ian non­sense does not be­long in Ruther­glen

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Sick­en­ing The slo­gans were painted on the un­der­pass be­tween Ruther­glen Main Street and Mill Street

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