More big­oted graf­fiti ap­pears in un­der­pass

Anti-Catholic abuse

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Sick­en­ing sec­tar­ian abuse has once again ap­peared on the un­der­pass be­tween Ruther­glen Main Street and Mill Street.

This time, big­ots have daubed anti-Catholic slo­gans and drawn em­blems for loy­al­ist para­mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

One mes­sage states “F*** the Pope”.

The graf­fiti comes just a few months after anti-Protes­tant mes­sages were painted on the same un­der­pass walls.

Po­lice Scot­land said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the graf­fiti, which they de­scribed as a “hate crime”.

PC John Donnelly of Ruther­glen Po­lice said: “On Oc­to­ber 10, Po­lice Scot­land was made aware of sec­tar­ian graf­fiti hav­ing been spray painted on the un­der­pass at the Burn­hill end of Main Street in Ruther­glen.

“Due to the con­tent of this graf­fiti, we are now deal­ing with this as a hate crime.

“Po­lice Scot­land will not tol­er­ate any form of hate crime. Po­lice Scot­land has a duty to, and will, thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate all re­ports of hate crime or in­ci­dents.

“If you can as­sist with in­for­ma­tion as to the iden­tity of those re­spon­si­ble for the graf­fiti, you can con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101 quot­ing crime ref­er­ence QD00941017 or al­ter­na­tively through Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 quot­ing the same ref­er­ence num­ber.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s graf­fiti team is ex­pected to re­move the slo­gans to­day, Wed­nes­day.

Alistair McKin­non, head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and grounds ser­vices, said: “An in­spec­tion has now been car­ried out and a graf­fiti re­moval team is sched­uled to visit the lo­ca­tion on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

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

Sec­tar­ian slurs The un­der­pass be­tween Main Street and Mill Street has been targ­ered by big­ots again

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