Police investigating after Narrow Water memorial vandalised

Vandalism at Narrow Water - taken from Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre Facebook page
Vandalism at Narrow Water - taken from Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre Facebook page

Police are investigating after a memorial to 18 soldiers killed in an IRA attack at Narrow Water in Warrenpoint has been damaged - for the second time in a month.

In the attack poppy wreaths, remembrance crosses and flowers were destroyed.

On August 27, 1979, eighteen British soldiers were killed and six were seriously injured when the IRA detonated with two large roadside bombs at Narrow Water Castle.

A post on ‘Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre’ Facebook page says: “I am utterly sickened and appalled that poppy wreaths, remembrance crosses and flowers, that were replaced only two weeks ago, have once again be vandalised and destroyed.

“This is the second time in under a month that this site had been desecrated.

“I would encourage anyone with information on these shameful attacks to contact the PSNI.

Damage to monument from Facebook page of Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre

Damage to monument from Facebook page of Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre

“We WILL Remember Them.”

A PSNI spokesman has appealed for information about the incident.

Sgt Amanda Ford said: “Officers are currently investigating this report and part of our enquiries will be to establish if there is any hate motivation behind this incident.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the vicinity recently, or anyone who may have information that could assist in our enquiries, to contact police on 101 quoting reference 329 of 19th July.

“Alternatively, information can be given anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”