Anti-bombing graffiti scrawled on Louth Nativity scene

The nativity scene in Louth on December 10 (Photo: Lee McGrath). EMN-151212-092649001
The nativity scene in Louth on December 10 (Photo: Lee McGrath). EMN-151212-092649001

Police are appealing for information after graffiti was scrawled on to the Nativity scene on the Fish Shambles in Louth.

Many residents have expressed their disgust after the phrases ‘Don’t Bomb Syria’ and ‘Refugees Welcome’ were written in chalk on the front of the surrounding wooden enclosure.

The vandalism was discovered early on Thursday morning (December 10) and reported to police at 8.15am.

Police told the Leader that enquiries are ongoing as they review CCTV footage, having already spoken to nearby residents.

Contact police on 101 with any information, quoting incident number 57 of December 10.

The graffiti has since been removed thanks to an intervention by Louth’s Town Clerk.

While many residents have slammed the vandals on social media - labelling them as ‘disgusting’, ‘idiots’ and ‘disrespectful oiks’ - a small number of people voiced their support for the anti-war message.

One comment said: “I think it’s actually good that someone is trying to bring attention this disgusting issue and most appropriate (however wrong you may feel it to be) to be putting it on a nativity scene. Whilst we may be having a peaceful holiday season, most Syrians will definitely not”, adding that such ‘peaceful protests’ are an effective way to make one’s voice heard.

Others added that such graffiti will not affect the decision to launch air strikes in Syria, and that objections should be sent to the local Member of Parliament instead.

• What are your thoughts on the incident? Email james.silcocks@jpress.co.uk