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Orange Order pay tribute to murdered RUC duo with Fermanagh plaque

By Lyndsey Telford

Two Orangemen murdered during the Troubles have been remembered in a new memorial plaque unveiled in Fermanagh.

Ivan Crawford and Andrew Beacom, who were both members of the RUC, were killed while on patrol in two separate IRA attacks.

Orange Lodge grand master Edward Stevenson, who unveiled the plaque at Brooke Memorial Orange hall in Brookeborough, condemned the murders as "senseless acts of barbarity".

"They were both happily married, both were proud fathers of three children and both willingly wore the uniform of their country despite the constant and ever-lurking threat of terrorism," Mr Stevenson said.

"Both dedicated and courageous members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary at the height of the Troubles, they were callously and brutally murdered in the prime of their lives by IRA terrorists."

Mr Crawford was killed in 1987 and Mr Beacom in 1993.

Their relatives were among those paying their respects at the remembrance event, which was organised by the Brookeborough district lodge.

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