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Desecration of Narrow Water memorial condemned

Ulster Unionist Councillor David Taylor and Harold McKee, the Ulster Unionist Party`s Westminster candidate for South Down, have expressed their disgust at the desecration of poppy wreaths placed at Narrow Water, Warrenpoint.

Councillor Taylor said: “I am disgusted that poppy wreaths placed at Narrow Water, Warrenpoint have been desecrated once again.

“These attacks never stop. It is just endless. The people that commit these crimes are full of hate,” said Councillor Taylor.

“Given the events of this week when we have seen terrorists bring death and destruction to the people of Manchester, it is appalling that there are still people in Northern Ireland who have learnt nothing from our past and are so full of hatred that they want to destroy memorials to the victims of terrorism from Northern Ireland’s Troubles.”

Party colleague Harold McKee, described the vandalism as a “sickening attack” which he said “only serves to compound the pain of the families of the service personnel who lost their lives at Narrow Water.”

“All right thinking people should condemn this hate crime and I would appeal to anyone with information on this incident to report it to the PSNI immediately. The police need help to bring the criminals responsible before the courts.”

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime after being alerted to the damage last Thursday morning. They have appealed for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the vicinity recently, or anyone who may have information that could assist in their enquiries, to contact police in Newry on 101 quoting reference 264 of 25/05/17.