Anti-police graffiti removed at Eden

Anti-PSNI graffiti which appeared in the Eden area over the weekend has been removed by the Housing Executive.

The slogans were spray-painted onto a wall bordering a number of residential properties at School Court in the village.

Their appearance has been roundly condemned by members of the local community, who took to social networking site Facebook to voice their disapproval.

Comments made on one community page on the site have suggested that a group of teenagers were allegedly behind the slogans.

A spokesperson for the Housing Executive confirmed that the graffiti was removed from the site yesterday (Wednesday).

Condemning the incident was Carrickfergus Policing and Community Safety Partnership chairman, Councillor Noel Williams. “It is appalling that this graffiti has appeared so close to a school,” he said. “The PCSP is happy that the PSNI is doing its best to keep Carrickfergus safe and this type of intimidatory graffiti is not welcome in a civilised society.

“The matter will be raised at a meeting on anti-social behaviour that is taking place this week between Carrick Borough Council and number of other agencies.”

Meanwhile, the council has responded to concerns over the impact of the graffiti incident on Eden’s participation in the Britain in Bloom contest.

“Eden was entered into the Large Village category of this year’s Ulster in Bloom, but it’s Carrickfergus Borough as a whole which is taking part in Britain in Bloom,” explained Stephen Daye, Parks and Countryside officer.