A spate of tit-for-tat graffiti saw public areas in Hamilton vandalized over the weekend.
Mindless vandals targeted the Burnbank area over the weekend as Celtic and Rangers clashed in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.
The yobs spray-painted walls facing on to a main road as well as a bus shelter with letters “RFC” and “CFC” as rival supporters tried to mark their territory.
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The graffiti also included offensive slurs of “loyalist Burnbank”; “KAT”; “KAH”; and “IRA” with the incidents being called sectarian by fed up locals.
South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) acted quickly to clean up the mess and it is understood locals have reported the matter to the police.
Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon, originally from nearby Blantyre, has spoken out about offensive graffiti in the same area in similar incidences in the past.
This week she told Lanarkshire Live she wants to see those responsible punished and says the culprits “need to get a life.”
She told us: “It is beyond disappointing to see such mindless and cowardly vandalism in Burnbank and those responsible should be punished.
“It is an absolute eyesore and has no place in our communities.
“These are not victimless crimes and every time council officers are asked to remove sectarian graffiti, it takes vital resources away from other priorities.
“The people doing this are damaging their own community and need to get a life.”
It’s not the first time the wall at the back of lock-up garages facing out on to Burnbank Road has been targeted and covered in offensive graffiti.
Just last year similar slurs were daubed on the wall with spray paint, sparking a quick clean-up mission by the local authority.
At the time, police were alerted and launched a probe where they treated the matter as a “hate incident”.
SLC today told Lanarkshire Live they are aware of the vandalism on the walls and it has since been painted over.
A spokesman for the local authority said: “The graffiti was brought to our attention over the weekend and we have now painted over it.
“We have a commitment to take action on sectarian graffiti on council land within 24 hours, and will respond accordingly to any incidents brought to our attention.”
Police Scotland have also been approached for comment.
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