Police investigate sectarian 'Catholics will be shot' vandalism in Bo'ness

Incidents of red, white and blue paint being sprayed on pavements and walls to supposedly mark the recent success of Rangers FC took a more sinister turn when someone painted the statement “Catholics will be shot” on a building in Bo’ness.

By James Trimble
Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 2:17 pm

The Falkirk Herald reported on the vandalism which saw red, white and blue painted creations appear at a number of locations, including Bo’ness, Grangemouth, Shieldhill and Camelon.

While it appears the vandalism was some kind of tribute to Rangers FC recently winning the league title, there had been some confusion over the design of some of the creations, which seem to resemble the French national flag.

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Police are now investigating the '"atholics will be shot" sectarian vandalism in Bo'ness

There was no confusion about the graffiti which appeared on the wall of a building in Borrowstoun Crescent, Bo’ness, however.

It stated: “Catholics will be shot”.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Enquiries are ongoing following a report of a sectarian vandalism to a building in Borrowstoun Crescent, Bo'ness overnight on Friday March 19 into Saturday, March 20."

Local councillors for the Bo’ness area shared their views on the most recent piece of sectarian graffiti.

Councillor David Aitchison said: “It was disappointing to see so much vandalism throughout the town and indeed, I believe, many other towns throughout Scotland. At a time when communities are trying to work together these events have caused so much upset and division within our community.”

Councillor Laura Munro added: “At the weekend we had across Bo’ness incidents of flags being put out and prolonged loud firework displays on the Saturday evening. There were also incidents of vandalism and graffiti on buildings and on curbs.

“I believe some of the graffiti was also sectarian in nature. Clearly sectarianism and graffiti are inappropriate. However, I cannot think of another occasion when anything similar has ever happened in the town despite having lived here now for almost 30 years.

“This has been reported to the proper authorities and I think that people in Bo’ness hope, like me, it was a one off occurrence.”

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