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Memorial to Scottish soldiers defaced again

By Rebecca Black

A memorial to three Scottish soldiers murdered by the IRA has been defaced for the second time in 24 hours.

A Sinn Fein election poster was placed over the memorial stone to teenage brothers John (17) and Joseph (18) McCaig from Ayr and Dougald McCaughey (23) from Glasgow.

They were lured to the remote Whitebrae area in the hills on the outskirts of north Belfast by republican women. The trio were then killed by IRA gunmen on March 10, 1971.

The memorial stone was doused with brown paint sometime overnight between Saturday and Sunday. That attack was the 21st in five years on the memorial.

The PSNI has confirmed it is investigating the paint attack as a hate crime. North Belfast politicians have condemned the ongoing attacks.

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the wider community will "not give in to these acts of sectarian thuggery". UUP spokesman and military veteran Andy Allen said the attacks were "an absolute disgrace", and that he was seeking a meeting with police.

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