Memorial to murdered soldiers vandalised again

Undated handout photo issued by Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre of the memorial for 18 soldiers murdered Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in Co Dow in 1979 which has been vandalised overnight.
Undated handout photo issued by Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre of the memorial for 18 soldiers murdered Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in Co Dow in 1979 which has been vandalised overnight.

A memorial for 18 soldiers murdered in Northern Ireland has been desecrated again.

Poppy wreaths, crosses and flowers were vandalised overnight at Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in Co Down.

Undated handout photo issued by Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre of the memorial for 18 soldiers murdered Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in Co Dow in 1979 which has been vandalised overnight.

Undated handout photo issued by Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre of the memorial for 18 soldiers murdered Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in Co Dow in 1979 which has been vandalised overnight.

The memorial marks the site where a British Army convoy was ambushed by two roadside IRA bombs in August 1979.

Poppies, snapped wooden crosses and flowers lay strewn on the pavement in front of the memorial on Thursday morning.

Police are investigating.

It comes weeks after a football fans were blamed for wrecking the memorial as they left Warrenpoint for a return bus trip to Belfast.

Belfast football club Cliftonville, whose supporters are mostly from the nationalist/republican tradition, said it was aware of reports that some fans returning from a fixture against Warrenpoint Town were responsible.

Cliftonville condemned September's vandalism as "pathetic" and made clear the perpetrators were not part of an official or affiliated supporters club.

Ulster Unionists condemn latest desecration of wreaths at Narrow Water

UUP Councillor David Taylor has expressed his deep anger and despair at the latest incident involving the desecration of wreaths at Narrow Water.

Councillor Taylor said: "The scene at Narrow Water this morning is one which causes me deep anger and despair. It is completely sickening that wreaths and poppy crosses placed in tribute to the 18 soldiers murdered by the IRA at this location have been desecrated once again.

"“For this type of repulsive action to occur once is one time to many, but unfortunately this has become an all too regular occurrence at Narrow Water.

"“Unfortunately intolerance continues to prevail amongst some in society and the lack of respect shown to those brave soldiers murdered at Narrow Water only serves to compound the hurt of their families.

"The perpetrators of these attacks must realise no matter how many times they attempt to eradicate the memory of the evil deed that occurred at Narrow Water, the local community will ensure the sacrifice paid by the 18 brave soldiers is never forgotten”