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Memorial to murdered Scottish soldiers attacked

Published 03/05/2015

From right: John (17) and Joseph McCaig (18), and Dougald McCaughey (23) had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.
From right: John (17) and Joseph McCaig (18), and Dougald McCaughey (23) had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.
John (17, above) and Joseph McCaig (18), and Dougald McCaughey (23) had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.
John (17) and Joseph McCaig (18, above), and Dougald McCaughey (23) had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.
John (17) and Joseph McCaig (18), and Dougald McCaughey (23, above) had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.

A memorial to three Scottish soldiers murdered by the IRA has been attacked with paint.

Paint was thrown round the memorial stone, at White Brae near Ligoniel, shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday in what police are saying was hate crime.

The memorial has been vanadalised numerous times since it was erected in 2010.

The soldiers – brothers John (17) and Joseph McCaig (18), and Dougald McCaughey (23) – had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.

They were lured away by a terrorist gang and driven to remote White Brae in north Belfast, where they were shot in the back whilst relieving themselves by the roadside.

No one has ever been convicted of the murders of the soldiers.

Police are treating the attack as a hate crime and ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Tennent Street police station on the non-emergency number 101.

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