POLICE are investigating a third attack in as many weeks on a Co. Down memorial to victims of an IRA bomb attack.
The Narrow Water memorial in Warrenpoint was damaged some time between Friday night and Saturday morning.
It is the second such attack this week after the site was targeted between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
The site was also targeted last month, with reports claiming football fans were behind the vandalism.
Eighteen British soldiers died when two bombs exploded at the site on August 27, 1979 – the deadliest attack on British soldiers during the Troubles.
‘This is the second time this week that damage at the site has been reported to police,” said PSNI Inspector Ryan Moore.
“On Thursday, October 4, crosses were broken and wreaths scattered at the memorial on the main Warrenpoint to Newry Road.
“And last month, damage was reported to us after an incident there on Saturday evening, September 15.
“All these reports are being treated as hate crimes.”
Police have urged anyone who may have captured dashcam or helmet cam footage on the Warrenpoint Road on Friday night to contact them on 101, quoting reference number CC306 of 06/10/18.