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White Brae tribute to slain soldiers attacked a 22nd time

By Chris McCullough

Published 20/06/2015

The memorial after yesterday’s attack
The memorial after yesterday’s attack
The memorial after it was vandalised last September

A jar containing white paint and nails has been thrown at a memorial to three murdered Scottish soldiers at White Brae in north Belfast.

The jar containing what was described as a "substantial amount of nails" was targeted at the memorial on Friday morning - marking the 22nd time it has been attacked.

The incident has been reported to the PSNI as a hate crime and action is being taken to clean up the latest damage.

Jim Wright, chairman of the Oldpark/Cavehill branch of the Royal British Legion, said he was disgusted with this latest attack.

He said: "Yet again we see the intolerance and bigotry of those who think it is OK to desecrate this memorial.

"Is this an example of the shared space we are continually told is so important by republicans?

"This sectarian hate crime has been reported to the PSNI.

"Once again I would reiterate what I have said on so many occasions; as determined as these thugs are in defacing and besmirching this memorial to the three boys, I and my colleagues are doubly determined to see that the memorial is brought back to pristine condition."

A police spokesman said: "Shortly before 11am police received a report that paint had been thrown on the memorial at White Brae.

"The incident is being treated as a hate crime.

"Inspector Paul Noble has called for witnesses or anyone with information to contact police on 101."

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