The South Down MP said:
“The incident where flags were erected on a water tower owned by NI Water in Rathfriland after a break-in caused considerable anger in the local community.
“It is now the subject of a police investigation and that must be allowed to proceed unhindered.
“Comments by DUP MLA Jim Wells on this issue have been unbelievable.
“He has also indicated that he has spoken to those responsible so presumably knows who they are. Has he passed this information on to the PSNI who are investigating this crime?”