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Sectarian graffiti daubed on north Belfast memorial to Scottish soldiers murdered by the IRA a 'hate crime'

The memorial has been attacked 21 times

By Claire Williamson

Published 03/07/2015

From right: John (17) and Joseph McCaig (18), and Dougald McCaughey (23) had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.
From right: John (17) and Joseph McCaig (18), and Dougald McCaughey (23) had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.

Police are treating criminal damage to a north Belfast memorial to three Scottish soldiers murdered by the IRA as a hate crime.

Sectarian graffiti was daubed on the monument dedicated to teenage brothers John and Joseph McCaig, 17 and 18 from Ayr, and their colleague Dougald McCaughey, 23, from Glasgow.

It was erected to mark the spot at White Brae, Ligoniel, on the outskirts of north Belfast, where the three off-duty fusiliers were shot dead by the IRA in 1971.

Sectarian graffiti on the memorial was reported to officers at around 9am on Friday July 3.

The incident is being treated as a hate crime.

It has been targeted more than 20 times.

Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick has called for witnesses or anyone with information to contact police on 101.

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