Flag cut down at memorial: UUP

The union flag was said to have been removed
The union flag was said to have been removed

The latest in what is said to be a string of attacks on a war memorial has been described as “particularly disgusting” due to the recent centenary of British-German hostilities in World War One.

Darryl Wilson, UUP councillor for Ballymoney, said on Monday night Balnamore War Memorial was vandalised, wreathes were stolen, and the Union Flag cut down from its flag pole.

He said it amounted to an act of “desecration”, following other incidents this month and last.

He said: “I condemn these criminal acts which are totally unacceptable and must be stopped with immediate effect.

“If anyone has any information relating to these incidents or any anti-social behaviour within the village, I would urge them to contact the PSNI”.

Police said they were appealing for information following a report of theft in the area, in which a Union Flag and poppy wreath were said to have been removed from the war memorial.

The PSNI added they are treating it as a hate crime.

To give information, call Ballymoney Police Station on 101, or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.