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Police probe hate crime after paint thrown on McGurk's Bar bomb memorial in Belfast

Sinn Féin councillor JJ Magee condemned those behind the attack calling it an "insult" to all who were injured and killed

Published 11/06/2015

A soldier stands guard over the shattered remains of McGurk's bar in Belfast, where 15 people died in the 1971 bomb blast
A soldier stands guard over the shattered remains of McGurk's bar in Belfast, where 15 people died in the 1971 bomb blast

Paint has been thrown on a memorial to 15 people killed in the 1971 bombing of McGurk's Bar in north Belfast.

Police are treating the incident in the North Queen Street area of Belfast as a hate crime.

Fifteen people were murdered and 17 injured when the north Belfast pub was blown up by the UVF in December 1971.

Sinn Féin councillor JJ Magee condemned those behind the attack calling it an "insult" to all who were injured and killed.

He said: "This attack on the memorial plaque on North Queen Street is disgusting and must be condemned.

"This is an insult to all those who were killed and injured in the in McGurk's Bar bombing.

"All memorials should be treated with dignity and respect and should not be targeted in this way.

"I would appeal to anyone with information on this attack to bring it forward to the PSNI." Ends/Críoch

Inspector Roy Watton said: "Police received a report that paint had been thrown on a memorial in the area. Enquiries are continuing.

"Police are treating this as a hate crime and I would ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Tennent Street Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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