Latest: Police are investigating damage to a Sinn Fein election billboard in Dungannon

This Sinn Fein election poster in Milltown is understood to have been damaged with paint before being set alight
This Sinn Fein election poster in Milltown is understood to have been damaged with paint before being set alight

Police in Dungannon have made an appeal for witnesses following a report of criminal damage to a Sinn Fein election billboard in the Milltown area of the town.

The giant poster, which represents Sinn Fein’s Fermanagh and South Tyrone candidate in the Westminster elections, Michelle Gildernew, was set on fire.

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew has condemned the 'personal attack'

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew has condemned the 'personal attack'

The billboard was earlier attacked with paint.

Chief Inspector Jane Humphries said: “We are investigating after damage was caused to a billboard, featuring an election poster, in the Milltown area.

“The billboard had paint thrown over it and was then set alight. If you can help Police with their enquiries, please call the 101 number and speak to Police in Dungannon. Alternatively information about crime can be passed via the independent Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.”

An image of the attack was posted on Twitter on Monday night, after which a number of people took to social media to condemn the vandalism.

“Very sad - whether you agree with someone’s politics or not, vandalism is hardly the answer,” said one woman.

Ms Gildernew said: “This is the latest in a series of incidents involving my election posters and billboards.

“These attacks have followed personal attacks on me by representatives of the negative unionist alliance.”