POLICE in Fermanagh are investigating a hate crime following an overnight graffiti attack on an Enniskillen war memorial.

The incident, which is believed to have occurred some time on Monday night, May 10, was reported to the PSNI on Tuesday morning, May 11.

Enniskillen Councillor Keith Elliott condemned the graffiti. He said: "I am deeply concerned about the attack on the war memorial in Loane Drive, Enniskillen.

"This is a dignified memorial in memory of those who gave their lives in the Great War defending our freedoms. To disrespect and damage a memorial like this is a complete insult to the hundreds of thousands who made the ultimate sacrifice."

He added: "This is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to stoke up tensions in the area, and should be widely condemned."

The graffiti has since been removed from the wall, but enquires are still ongoing.

Confirming the incident, a PSNI spokesperson said: "It was reported to police at 9.30am on Tuesday, May 11, that some time overnight on Tuesday, graffiti had been daubed on the war memorial.

"Enquiries are continuing and anyone with information about this incident, which is being treated as a hate crime, is asked to ring 101 and quote reference 366 of 11/05/21. A report can also be made using the online reporting form at www.psni.police.uk/makeareport.

"Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org."