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Fury as Narrow Water massacre memorial attacked

By Allan Preston

Published 20/07/2016

Damage to the memorial to soldiers who died during the Narrow Water massacre
Damage to the memorial to soldiers who died during the Narrow Water massacre

Vandals who destroyed a floral tribute to 18 murdered soldiers in Warrenpoint have been branded as mindless idiots.

Yesterday morning, flowers, poppy wreaths and remembrance crosses were found torn and discarded on the banks of Carlingford Lough. Flowers have long been kept at a roadside spot in Narrow Water Castle, the scene of the worst attack on the Army during the Troubles.

The Narrow Water massacre on August 27, 1979, saw 18 soldiers killed in two IRA bomb blasts.

Ulster Unionist councillor David Taylor said he was “appalled” at the attack. In a Twitter post he called the perpetrators “mindless narrow-minded idiots.” Sergeant Amanda Ford said: “Officers are currently investigating this report and part of our enquiries will be to establish if there is any hate motivation behind this incident.”

Anyone with information on the incident has been asked to call police on 101, quoting reference 239 of July 19.

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