Painting of kerbstones ‘will not be tolerated’

THE painting of kerb stones will not be tolerated in Sion Mills, a community activist has warned.
Andy Patton was speaking out after part of a kerb off Main Street in the village was painted in green, white and orange overnight on Wednesday of last week.
This week, Mr Patton says that irrespective of what the colours are, the graffiti will be removed.
“Overnight kerb painting in our community will not be tolerated,” he said.
“To those who wish to try and create an issue, wise up.
“A year ago our Sion Mills Community Forum removed paint daubed on kerb stones in the Ballyfatten area, red white and blue. This morning we removed green white and yellow, it makes no difference what gets painted, we will remove it.”
He continued. “This village has a unique past and will have in the future. We say get a life to those who thought this was fun or an expression of identity. It was neither.
“We call on our community to be aware of misguided people who would try an impose issues like this on us as an integrated village. See it, report it.”
Meanwhile, in Artigarvan, kerb stones leading into the village were also painted in green, white and orange. This too has been painted over with white emulsion.
“The painting of kerbstones could potentially be classed as criminal damage,” a spokesperson for the PSNI explained. “Every situation is taken on its own merits. The upkeep and maintenance of kerbstones is a matter for the Department of Infrastructure and as such they would need to be consulted to progress a complaint of criminal damage.”

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