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Anger over desecration of Narrow Water memorial to 18 murdered soldiers

By David Young

Published 03/09/2015

Vandals have torn apart a memorial to victims of the Narrow Water massacre in which 18 soldiers died
Vandals have torn apart a memorial to victims of the Narrow Water massacre in which 18 soldiers died

Vandals have torn apart a memorial to victims of the Narrow Water massacre in which 18 soldiers died.

UUP councillor David Taylor reacted with fury at the destruction of wreaths placed at the site of the 1979 IRA ambush by the British Legion and victims' families just last week to mark the anniversary of the slaughter.

Councillor Taylor said: "I am extremely angry to learn of the horrific desecration of wreaths placed at the Narrow Water massacre site.

"Only last week,we commemorated the victims of the massacre on the 36th anniversary of the incident which resulted in 18 soldiers being cruelly murdered by republican terrorists.

"The desecration of the wreaths placed at the site is a sickening and vile act.

"The individuals involved in perpetrating this crime really are pathetic and rotten to the core and it is abundantly clear they've nothing to offer civilised society."

Ministry of Defence official spokesman Ken Johnston - who attended the grim scene back in 1979 as a young reporter for the Belfast Telegraph - said last night: "Over the years many families, survivors and colleagues of the dead and injured have visited the site and the memorial reflecting on the events of that tragic day.

"This will come as a shock to them knowing how deep and valuable support has been for them across the community," Mr Johnson added.

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