Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has called for controversial British army parachute regiment flags erected in Garvagh to be taken down.
The East Derry MLA said:
“The appearance of British parachute regiment flags days after the erection of a controversial banner supporting Soldier F in Garvagh has caused considerable concern among locals and visitors to the town.
“The erection of these flags in the centre of the town on a main thoroughfare is an attempt to intimidate the community and to cause offence particularly to the families of those killed on Bloody Sunday.
“I am calling on those responsible for putting up these flags to take them down as a matter of urgency.”
“These flags have been reported to the PSNI and it has been requested that this is treated as a hate crime.
“I will be contacting the British Ministry of Defence to seek clarification on their position on the appropriation of these flags by loyalists who are clearly using them to cause offence and retraumatise victims.”