A monument to three Scottish soldiers murdered by the IRA in Ligoniel in 1971 has been vandalised in a paint attack.
The attack on the monument at White Brae was reported to the PSNI on Saturday morning. Police are treating the incident as a sectarian hate crime.
John MacVicar, secretary of Oldpark/Cavehill Royal British Legion, said this was the “12th time the monument has been attacked”.
“I am in no doubt that this, like all the other attacks, has been carried out by republicans in the misguided hope that we will remove this memorial,” he said.
The Scottish soldiers – teenage brothers John and Joseph McCaig, and their 23-year-old colleague Dougald McCaughey – were murdered on March 9, 1971 by the IRA. They were off-duty at the time. The monument to the soldiers was erected in 2009 at the site where the soldiers’ bodies were discovered.
Sinn Féin councillor Gerry McCabe said he condemned unreservedly those behind the attack.
“It is wrong,” he added.