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UUP man in plea as tit-for-tat vandalism continues

By Claire Williamson

The vandalism of a war memorial in a Co Antrim village is the latest in a surge of tit-for tat attacks in recent weeks.

It is believed Balnamore War Memorial, near Ballymoney, was vandalised on Monday evening when wreaths were stolen and the Union flag was cut down from its flag pole.

Ballymoney UUP councillor Darryl Wilson said there had been an increase in vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the area.

“Vandals have entered the gardens of several properties at night to break and steal flags which have been flying during the months of July and August,” he said.

“On Monday night, Balnamore War Memorial was vandalised, with wreaths stolen, and the Union flag cut down. This act of desecration is particularly disgusting coming as it does in the month when we commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Mr Wilson said he condemned what he described as criminal and unacceptable acts.

“If anyone has any information relating to these incidents or any anti-social behaviour within the village, I would urge them to contact the PSNI.”

The report comes just one day after paint was thrown over a war memorial in Glenavy on Sunday.

The PSNI had appealed for information after a series of attacks on Catholic churches and war memorials in the Glenavy, Magheragall and Stoneyford areas. The paint attack followed sectarian graffiti being painted on St Peter's Church at Rock Road near Stoneyford, and St Joseph's Church at Kilcorig Road, Magheragall, on Friday night.

Paint was also thrown over a war memorial in Stoneyford on Friday.

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