Memorial to IRA bomb victims desecrated for a second time in three weeks
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Memorial to IRA bomb victims desecrated for a second time in three weeks

A MEMORIAL to victims of an IRA bomb attack has been desecrated for the second time in less than three weeks.

Poppy crosses, wreaths and floral tributes at the Narrow Water memorial in Warrenpoint, Co. Down were destroyed overnight.

Eighteen British soldiers died when two bombs exploded at the site on August 27, 1979 – the deadliest attack on British soldiers during the Troubles.

The site was also targeted last month, with reports claiming football fans were behind the vandalism.

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Police have launched an investigation into the latest incident and are once again treating the matter as a hate crime.

A Facebook page dedicated to the memorial said they were ‘shocked, saddened and appalled’ by the destruction.

Sinéad Ennis, Sinn Féin MLA for South Down, condemned the destruction.

“These wreaths have been subject to vandalism on a number of occasions in recent months and I condemn this act outright,” she said.

“Monuments and memorials are important places in communities and should be respected.

“Anyone with information on this incident should contact the PSNI.”

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 261 of 4/10/18.

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