Coleraine war memorial attacked

Published Saturday, 11 May 2013
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An Orange Order war memorial has been destroyed by vandals in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

Coleraine war memorial attacked
Police have appealed for information on the incident. (© Ken Martin)

A memorial stone outside Killowen Orange Hall at Shuttle Hill was found smashed, poppy wreaths ripped up and the garden damaged shortly after 7am on Saturday.

The war tribute by Killowen Loyal Orange Lodge is dedicated to local people who fought in World War One and Two.

Coleraine District Master George Duddy has expressed disgust at the actions of the perpetrators.

He said: "This heinous act is not only an insult to the entire community of Coleraine but also to those who sacrificed so much on the front line so that we enjoy the freedoms we have today.

"While those we remember served their country in uniform with honour, the culprits of this reprehensible deed offer nothing but shame.

"They must not be allowed to succeed and local brethren are determined their mark of respect to the war dead is re-instated to its rightful place."

He added the attack was a bid to raise tensions ahead of the summer parading season.

Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, said the perpetrators had carried out "an act of pure depravity".

He said: "Their cowardly actions, carried out under the cover of darkness, are in stark contrast to the bravery demonstrated on the battlefields by our war heroes."

The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland appealed for witnesses to pass on any information to police as a matter of urgency.

Police have asked anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area overnight or who has any information to contact them.

A memorial stone was damaged and wreaths ripped up.

© UTV News
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44 Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (557 days ago):
oops @willie in coleraine :)
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (558 days ago):
That said william in coleraine, what then is the point of stopping to play that song outside a catholic church in belfast, if not to provoke?
william in coleraine wrote (559 days ago):
belfast in belfast. the famine song is directed at irish imigrant supporters of celtic in scotland. it really has nothing to do with a church in belfast nor does it have anything to do with an act of hatred and vandalism in my hometown. please read up on stories before commenting on them.
Steve in Belfast wrote (559 days ago):
Funny seeing people on this saying that the PSNI and law are fair. 12th of July riots 2012 are a perfect example of the biased nature towards Nationalists and Republicans. Protestants from Protestant Ardoyne who were arrested for rioting are set to be sentenced to 3 years BUT rioters on the other side that traveled miles to be involved in the riots have been told to GO ON HOLIDAY. Shared future? Yeah right!
Rab in Belfast wrote (560 days ago):
@Gazza everytime i read a comment from you its has no useful content whatsoever my advice keep your opinions to yourself you have nothing constructive to say after reading your comments. Any attack on a memorial for men who died to stop Hittler and co must be respected young people. The police dont know who did it as with most attacks on any type of memorial or place of worship so until hard facts prove who it was dont spectulate on who it was end off!!
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