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Narrow Water massacre: UUP councillor slams destruction of wreaths left to remember soldiers

Published 02/09/2015

UUP's David Taylor said the vandalism was a 'sickening and vile act'. Photo: UUP
UUP's David Taylor said the vandalism was a 'sickening and vile act'. Photo: UUP

Vandals have destroyed a poppy tribute to soldiers murdered in an IRA attack at Narrow Water outside Warrenpoint, Co Down.

Wreaths of poppies were ripped from the memorial site and left strewn across the ground.

The 1979  bomb attacks killed 18 British soldiers on the same day Lord Mountbatten was blown up by the IRA while fishing off the coast of Co Sligo.

The first bomb killed 16 members of the Parachute Regiment, the second killed two members of the Queen’s Own Highlanders who attended the scene.

Ulster Unionist councillor David Taylor said: “I am extremely angry to learn of the horrific desecration of wreaths placed at the Narrow Water Massacre site.  Only last week, both I and my Party Colleague Councillor Harold McKee, took the opportunity to commemorate 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 have nothing to offer to any civilised society.

“I would appeal to anyone with information in relation to this incident to report it immediately to the PSNI.  It is my sincere hope that the individuals who carried out this attack will be apprehended and burdened with a heavy punishment for their evil actions.”

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