SECTARIAN graffiti was sprayed on a children’s playpark a short walk away from Duloch Primary School.

The vandalism was discovered last week and former Dunfermline MSP Cara Hilton has described it as “absolutely shocking”.

A climbing frame with a slide was targeted and those responsible tagged the equipment with two phrases: “F*** the Pope”, and “No Surrender”.

Ms Hilton told the Press: “I saw it when I was walking my wee boy to school and I couldn’t believe it.

“I’ve been in Fife for around 12 years now, and one of the good things about Fife, when I moved here, was the lack of sectarian behaviour like you see in other parts of Scotland.

“It’s really sad to see it here.

“There’s no place for sectarianism in society, especially at a children’s playpark.

“How low can you go? I think it’s absolutely outrageous.”

Ms Hilton said she found the graffiti last Thursday morning, and that other parents were also disgusted by the language used.

She added: “It’s a very well-used park maintained by the council.

“The parents I spoke to were shocked, as you can imagine.

“It’s disgraceful that kids are having to read that type of language.

“Hundreds and hundreds of kids are walking past and using that playpark every single day and some may have been exposed to sectarian graffiti.

“To have this on our doorstep, I just can’t believe it.

“I thought we wouldn’t get this type of thing in Fife, sadly I have been wrong.”

Fife Council’s Dawn Jamieson, safer communities team manager, told the Press on Monday that they were looking to have it removed as soon as possible.

She said: “Now that this has been brought to our attention, we’ll arrange for it to be removed. 

“We aim to clean graffiti like this within 48 hours of it being reported to us. 

“Graffiti is a serious crime that impacts all members of the community and the removal of graffiti is costly to the council. 

“We rely on the public coming forward and reporting graffiti. You can report it online at www.fife.gov.uk by selecting ‘report it’ followed by ‘anti-social behaviour’ and then ‘graffiti’ or you can call 03451 55 00 22.”

Fife Council later confirmed to the Press that the graffiti was removed on November 2.