Northern Ireland

Moygashel foreign nationals graffiti investigated by PSNI

The graffiti in Moygashel Image copyright Michelle gildernew
Image caption The graffiti in Moygashel warns landlords not to lease to foreign nationals

Police are investigating graffiti on a wall in the County Tyrone village of Moygashel warning landlords not to lease property to foreign nationals.

It was written some time between 23:00 BST on Friday and 05:00 BST on Saturday. Police said they have received a number of complaints.

They have appealed for information about it.

The MP for the area, Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildernew, described it as "extremely sinister".

"This is not graffiti. Those behind it have taken the time and effort to stencil this message threatening landlords who would rent property to foreign nationals," she said.

"This message threatens landlords and essentially instils fears into anyone from an ethnic background living in or near the town.

"I have reported this directly to the PSNI as a hate crime and I am expecting them to take action."

PSNI Ch Insp Jane Humphries said: "It is disappointing that a small minority of people are engaged in this type of behaviour, but local police would like to reassure the public that our priority is to keep communities safe and to reassure them that we can act quickly and effectively."