POLICE are investigating as a hate crime the daubing of sectarian graffiti on murals and houses in Derry’s Waterside area.
Residents and business owners expressed disgust after “IRA” and “IRA GHOST” were painted on murals in Bond Street and house doors in Duddys Court.
The graffiti was painted late on Saturday night or early on Sunday morning.
DUP councillor David Ramsey said the behaviour had been going on for weeks.
He told BBC News NI: “There is a sinister element involved and people are sick of it.
“You can see why people are angry and they do believe that this is a deliberate attempt to heighten tensions in the lead-up to the parade coming up.”
One Bond Street resident, who didn’t want to be named, said he was disgusted by the graffiti.
“You go to bed at night and you expect to wake up the next morning to something else,” he said.
“It is going to keep going until somebody puts a stop to it.”
Police in Derry say they are treating the graffiti attack as a sectarian hate crime.