War memorial attack 'a hate crime'

Published Friday, 16 November 2012
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A paint attack on a war memorial in Glenavy, Co Antrim is being treated as a hate crime by police.

War memorial attack 'a hate crime'
The scene of the paint attack at the war memorial on Friday morning. (© Pacemaker)

Navy paint was thrown on all four sides of the Main Street memorial during the incident.

Investigating officers believe the attack happened in the early hours of Friday morning.

A number of poppy wreaths were also damaged.

South Antrim DUP MLA Trevor Clarke has spoken of his outrage and said the attack follows four previous incidents this year at the Glenavy Protestant Hall.

"This latest attack on the war memorial is not only an insult to the Protestant people of Glenavy, but to those who have sacrificed so much taking part in all campaigns," he said.

"It is less than a week since Remembrance Day, so this callous act shows a complete disregard for the servicemen and women remembered and indeed is in stark contrast to what our war heroes have achieved."

Lisburn SDLP councillor Pat Catney has also said he is disgusted at the paint-bombing.

"Just what do they think this is going to achieve? I can tell them - it will achieve nothing," he said.

"This will not stop the good work being carried out by political parties, community groups, and the police in a bid to properly tackle hate crime in the area."

Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin said that those responsible "bring nothing to society".

"Again we see small minded people putting their energies into attempting to divide society, rather than work with people to find common ground," he said.

"These people have been rejected by the people of Glenavy and have only succeeded in wasting people's time."

Police would like to speak to any witnesses.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Stephen in Portadown wrote (797 days ago):
Silveraliplain - terrorists did not defend anybody! All they did, regardless of who they claimed to represent, is murder and destroy. Destroy lives, destroy families, destroy property, destroy communities. Well said conair!
conair in belfast wrote (797 days ago):
silveraliplain in Moyarget: You are surly not suggesting loyalist terrorists where killed defending there country? Most were killed during internal feuds over criminality and over drug turf wars...if they wanted to be soldiers why did they not join the British army or RIR? To lay poppy wreaths at terrorist memorials is an insult to those true soldiers that fought in the army during the world wars.
william in coleraine wrote (799 days ago):
@conair loyalists paramilitaries may leave poppy wreaths at their own memorials, but they arent allowed to leave any wreaths at british armed forces memorials.they are banned organisations that wouldnt be acceptable. the people that done this knew what they were doing,this memorial ha s nothing to do with loyalist paramiltaries so dont try and divert the blame for this onto them conair,
silveraliplain in Moyarget wrote (799 days ago):
in response to conair, Anyone who lays a wreath does so remembering the people who gave there lives defending there country!!!!!!
Brian in Newry wrote (799 days ago):
Simply no justification for this attack on a memorial to the dead of two world wars! The people who carry out such deeds are incapable of understanding the way in which we all owe a debt to those who lost their lives that we can live ours today.
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