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Spate of soldier memorial attacks slammed

By Chris Kilpatrick

Republicans behind a spate of attacks on a memorial to three murdered soldiers have been told their senseless actions have no support.

The monument was erected in tribute to teenage brothers John and Joseph McCaig, and their 23-year-old colleague Dougald McCaughey in Ligoniel. The off-duty Scottish soldiers were lured to the area and shot in March 1971.

Sunday's attack was the 15th time it has been targeted since being installed five years ago. Police said they are treating the incident – when graffiti was daubed over the memorial – as a hate crime.

SDLP north Belfast MLA Alban Maginness said ongoing attacks were "absolutely unacceptable.

"There is no political end to be served by attacking or desecrating a monument which means something to those who lost loved ones during our violent past," he said.

Sinn Fein's Caral Ni Chuilin said the attacks must stop. She added: "There is no place for this type of vandalism. Those responsible are not representative of the people of north Belfast."

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