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Anger after 'appalling' attack on Belfast memorial to civilian killed in Troubles crossfire

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The memorial was vandalised on Monday night.

The memorial was vandalised on Monday night.

The memorial was vandalised on Monday night.

An attack on a memorial to a civilian killed during a shoot-out between the British Army and the IRA in north Belfast has been described as "appalling".

DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst was speaking after the memorial to William 'Billy' Hanna was vandalised in the Ballysillan area.

Mr Hanna (28) was killed in crossfire between the IRA and the British Army at the Ballysillan Post Office Depot in 1978.

He was walking home with a friend when shooting broke out.

Three IRA men were also killed in the incident.

"Billy was an innocent Protestant shot dead during crossfire between an SAS unit and the Provisional IRA in 1978," Councillor Pankhurst said.

"This memorial is situated at the top of Wheatfield estate. If anyone has any information no matter how big or small, pass it on to the PSNI.

"There can be no room for these sorts of attacks in 2018. It’s pathetic and grotesque."

Belfast Telegraph