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Monument to Scottish soldiers attacked on Twelfth

memorial to the 3 Scottish Soldiers at White Brae, Ligoniel was attacked for the twelfth time

memorial to the 3 Scottish Soldiers at White Brae, Ligoniel was attacked for the twelfth time

A monument to three Scottish soldiers in Ligoniel has been vandalised in a paint attack - for the 12th time.

The latest attack on the monument at White Brae, was reported on Saturday morning.

Police are treating the incident as a sectarian hate crime.

John MacVicar, Secretary of Oldpark/Cavehill Royal British Legion said: “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.”

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.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Police in North Belfast are appealing for information following an incident of criminal damage in the White Brae/Ligoneil Road area of the city.

“Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Tennent Street Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

 

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