PSNI working with community to remove inflammatory Billy Wright banner

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Police are attempting to calm community tensions after being asked to investigate a banner dedicated to loyalist Billy Wright in Dungannon.

The banner, which is on a lamp close to a loyalist bonfire at Eastvale Avenue, carries a picture of the notorious paramilitary leader along with the words: “In proud memory of Brigadier Billy Wright’ and a quotation attributed to him that goes: “I would look back and say Cappagh was probably my best”.

The large pyre in the adjoining estate is set to be burnt on Saturday night ahead of the traditional Orange march.

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone, who has condemned the sign as an ‘outright sectarian hate crime’, has made a formal complaint to the police.

PSNI Chief Inspector Stephen Humphries said: “Police are aware of an offensive sign that has been erected in the Dungannon area and are working with people in the community to have it removed.”