Theft of Sinn Fein election posters in Newry being treated as a hate crime

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Saturday, February 4th, 2017
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psni57Police received a report on Friday, 3rd February that sometime overnight a number of election posters had been stolen from the Shandon Park area of Newry. This is being treated as a hate crime.
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Jan End 2017Inspector O’Connor appealed to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Police at Newry on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1170 03/02/17.
  Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  Speaking to Newry Times, Sinn Féin Newry City Councillor Charlie Casey confirmed that a number of election posters erected by his Party in the Belfast Road area have been removed. “Party activists recently erected candidate posters in the Newry City area. Unfortunately a number of posters in the Belfast Road locality have been removed or stolen. The matter has been reported to the police.”
  Newry and Armagh Assembly Election candidate Conor Murphy whose election posters were among those stolen said, “This is viewed by most as a sinister act which seems to have been well coordinated due to the amount of posters removed. “Sinn Féin will not be silenced by those who remain hostile and wish to create division. This is a criminal act and we expect the Police to treat it as such,” he added.
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