South Belfast: Irish language street signs stolen in 'sectarian hate crime'

Two Haypark Avenue bilingual street signs were removed over the weekend
-Credit: (Image: @steviejenkinsSF/X)


Irish language bilingual street signs have been stolen in South Belfast in what police believe is a sectarian hate crime.

Police are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage and theft of the signs in the Haypark Avenue area on Sunday 9th June. The sign on Haypark Avenue has been vandalised a number of times since it was first installed last year, while another nearby sign on St Jude's Square has also recently been attacked.

It was reported that at approximately 1.40am on Sunday morning, a man entered the area on foot, removed two signs and then walked off in the direction of Ailesbury Road.

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The man is described as being around 5’11” tall, with short light brown hair, heavy build and was wearing a green coloured T-shirt.

A police spokesperson said: “We are treating this incident as a sectarian motivated hate crime and I would appeal to anyone with any information about the incident or who has CCTV or doorbell cameras which may have captured footage that could assist with our enquiries, to contact police at Lisburn Road on 101, quoting reference number 448 10/06/24.”

Condemning the incident, Lisnasharragh Sinn Féin representative, Stevie Jenkins said: "This is yet another attack on a vibrant, tolerant and diverse community."

A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via https://www.psni.police.uk/report or you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information.

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