Belfast Telegraph

Union flags stolen from memorial

Four Union flags have been stolen from a war memorial.

Flag poles at the monument in the centre of Kilrea, Co Londonderry, were also damaged during the early morning incident.

A spokesman for the Orange Order, which decorated the memorial in preparation for its annual Twelfth of July celebrations, described the theft as "deplorable".

He said: "This was a deplorable act carried out under the cover of darkness.

"Such war tributes should be sacrosanct and those responsible ought to be ashamed of their actions.

"Their wickedness is deeply offensive not only to unionists, but the wider community in Kilrea and the surrounding area, and more so to the memory of those who fought in two world wars."

The Order said it would replace the flags "immediately".

The PSNI has confirmed officers are investigating and wants anyone with information to contact officers in Coleraine on the non-emergency 101 number.

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