Soldiers' memorial damaged in Belfast

Published Saturday, 12 July 2014
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A north Belfast memorial to three Scottish soldiers, who were murdered by the IRA in March 1971, has been paint-bombed for the second month in a row.

Soldiers' memorial damaged in Belfast
The memorial was also attacked in June. (© UTV)

Police say they are treating the incident, which was reported in the early hours of Saturday morning, as a sectarian hate crime.

A PSNI spokeswoman said paint was thrown at the memorial at White Brae in the Ligoniel Road area of the city shortly after 12.05am.

"Damage was caused and enquiries are continuing," she said.

Last month the stone and poppy wreaths were also damaged in a separate attack.

The Royal British Legion says the monument has been targeted many times in recent years.

The murders of the soldiers were seen as one of the key points in Northern Ireland's descent into full-scale violence in the 70s.

Police have appealed for information.

Condemning the attack, DUP councillor Lee Reynolds said: "No doubt this latest attack was deliberately timed to coincide with the Twelfth of July celebrations.

"Those responsible seem determined to cause upset and hurt for the families of these three soldiers and for all who have supported this memorial.

"They succeed only in portraying themselves in the worst possible light."

Sinn Féin councillor Gerry McCabe said: "Unfortunately this isn't the first time this monument has been defaced. I condemn unreservedly those behind this attack, it is wrong.

"If anyone has any information on who is behind these wanton acts of vandalism then I urge them to immediately contact the PSNI."

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41 Comments
Thomas in Co Antrim wrote (102 days ago):
For once it seems both Unionists and Republicans can agree on something, leave all memorials to the dead alone!
Jos in Belfast wrote (102 days ago):
Leave all memorials alone and have some respect for the dead.
teri in belfast wrote (102 days ago):
@thefuture, never u mind dismantlin anything, jus u worry about wats goin on where u live, ya dont dismantle memorials no matter how long they have been there or who they belong to, its called respect, y dont u show sum. disgusting person.
petand in Londonderry wrote (102 days ago):
Disgusting behaviour which benifits no one and besmirches us all.
Lauren in Belfast wrote (102 days ago):
No one has the monopoly on pain we just go on . My grandchildren love to hear my stories about life in the 70 ts getting searched before getting into shops etc please god we never go back to that haven't we all got stories about the bravery of the British forces at that time
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