A Mid Ulster Unionist councillor has appealed for calm after reports that eight Union flags were stolen from homes on Stewarts Avenue, Cookstown at the weekend.
UUP party member Trevor Wilson has also condemned the theft.
He told the Mail: “I do not condone this behaviour as things like this only help to increase tensions within the area.
“It’s not only a hate crime but also a theft when people enter other people’s property to steal things.
“I appeal for calm in the area [and] anyone who has any information to come forward to police.”
The incident, which was reported to police on Monday, July 6, is being treated as both a theft and a hate crime by the force.
I do not condone this behaviour as things like this only help to increase tensions within the area - Trevor Wilson, UUP
A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Police are investigating the theft of a number of Union flags from the Stewart Avenue and Cooke Crescent area of Cookstown overnight last night, Sunday 5 July.
“Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the theft or anyone with any information to contact officers at Cookstown on the number 101... or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”