Mystery as chilling Russian war symbol appears on Games of Thrones site

A chilling Russian war symbol has been spotted on a Game of Thrones filming site in Northern Ireland.

The graffiti – "Z glory to Russia" – written in large letters and referring to the symbol Z painted on Russian tanks during the invasion of Ukraine, appeared on the road at the Dark Hedges in Co Antrim.

The Dark Hedges is one of the most photographed areas in Northern Ireland and a popular attraction for tourists from across the world.

The site also featured in Season 2 of the hit show, doubling as the Kingsroad on which Aryan Stark travelled on in the back of a cart along with Yoren, Gendry and Hot Pie on the way to the Night's Watch.

A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "Enquiries are ongoing."

The incident comes as a number of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of their country started to arrive in Northern Ireland.

DUP North Antrim Assembly Candidate Mervyn Storey said the sentiment of the graffiti is completely at odds with the welcome that arriving Ukrainian refugees have received to the area.

He said: "This is a wanton act of vandalism at one of Northern Ireland's most iconic locations.

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"It is completely at odds with the warm welcome our local community provides to tourists from all over the world who come to see what the Dark Hedges and the North Coast have to offer."

Mr Storey said he has recently been able to welcome refugees from Ukraine into his church community.

"It is despicable that they should have to encounter this type of behaviour glorifying Russia's oppressive campaign of terror in their homeland.

"Our support must be with the people of Ukraine. I will be working closely with local authorities and the PSNI to ensure this graffiti is removed immediately and those responsible held to account."

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