17/12/2018

Local Councillors Condemn 'Vile' Bangor Homophobic Hate Crime

A Bangor resident has been left angry after a homophobic slur was daubed on the outside of a flat in the seaside town, prompting outrage from the local community and political representatives.

"All queers out" was painted on a door in the Rathgill area on Sunday 16 December.

The vandalism was "very upsetting and frightening for the resident," according to PSNI officers who responded to the report.

"Police have a zero tolerance attitude to hate crime and hate incidents just like this," a spokesperson added.

A DUP councillor spoke out against the perpetrator.

Tom Smith tweeted: "This is vile, bigoted behaviour.

"It is outrageous that one of our citizens should be treated this way. These acts of homophobia and hatred must be condemned by all.
News Image
"We must refuse to tolerate them within our community," the representative for Ards and North Down added.

Alliance councillor Karen Douglas also spoke out to deplore the attack.

She said: "This is an absolutely appalling incident and one which the whole community must be united in condemning.

"No-one has the right to target someone else in this vile way and my thoughts are with the resident in question as they overcome this invasion on their home.

"I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible, allowing them to stamp out this nasty behaviour once and for all."

Police are appealing for information in relation to the incident, and posted on Facebook: "If you know anything about this, or witnessed it, we want to hear from you. Please contact Ards Police on our non-emergency number 101. Serial for this is 996 of 16/12/2018."



(JG/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

06 May 2014
Polish Residents Attacked In Latest Hate Crime
Two Polish residents of east Belfast have become the latest victims of a spate of racist hate crimes in the city, after the living room window of their house on Templemore Avenue was smashed at 23:30 on Monday night. A man in his 20s and a woman in her 40s were in the house at the time.
19 November 2013
42% Of Racist Offences Occur In Belfast
In 2012, 42% of all racially-motivated offences recorded in Northern Ireland related to Belfast. The same was true for 32% of homophobic offences and 40% of sectarian offences. The statistics have been released by Belfast City Council as it begins a new billboard campaign to help tackle hate crime.
28 August 2006
PSNI to showcase response to hate crime in Europe
Inspector Robin Dempsey, of the Police Service Community Safety Branch, has today embarked on a trip to Latvia, in a plight to showcase the work of the PSNI in responding to hate crime in Northern Ireland to an audience at the Latvian Centre of Human Rights.
29 January 2018
Loyalist Supergrass Sentenced To Over Six Years Behind Bars
Loyalist supergrass Gary Haggarty has been sentenced to six and a half years behind bars for 202 terror offences. The former loyalist paramilitary turned police informer previously pleaded guilty to five murders. He was originally sentenced to 35 years, however he had the time reduced after he co-operated with the police.
10 January 2018
Man Arrested Over Attempted Murder Of Off-Duty Police Officer
A man has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an off-duty police officer in Co L'Derry. A viable under-car bomb was discovered outside a house in the Ardanlee area on 22 February last year. Army bomb disposal experts attended the scene. No-one was injured.