Derry City & Strabane Superintendent Willy Calderwood said: “We've received a number of reports in relation to material placed on a bonfire in Meenan Square in the Bogside area of Derry/Londonderry.

“These reports are being treated as hate crimes and we are seeking to identify those responsible.

“Potential offences include the theft and destruction of political material, flags, banners, hate slogans and poppy wreaths. 

"As part of our enquiries, we have gathered and secured evidence of potential offending and we will engage with the Public Prosecution Service who will ultimately have responsibility for decisions in relation to prosecution.

“The vast majority of people celebrate their culture peacefully and lawfully, and do not want cultural celebrations to be undermined by anti-social behaviour, criminal activity or hate directed towards others.

“I’m appealing for anyone with any further information, but specifically information on those who may have been responsible for the potential offences to provide it to us to bring those responsible to justice."

Anyone with any information should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101 or alternatively, Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at