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Anger as Larne war memorial attacked - police treating incident as hate crime

An attack on a Co Antrim town's war memorial has been branded "absolutely disgusting".

On Thursday morning it was discovered paint had been thrown over the cenotaph in the Church Road area of Larne.

The memorial was targeted last year and had recently undergone significant refurbishment ahead of the Remembrance commemorations.

East Antrim DUP MLA Gordon Lyons said the incident was "absolutely disgusting".

He said: "This latest attack on the Larne War Memorial is an insult to the memory of all those who fought and died for our freedom.

"This is the second time this has happened in the last 18 months and only weeks after the memorial was refurbished ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

"The people of Larne will be outraged by the behaviour of these small minded vandals who have caused great upset to people across the town and beyond. I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI immediately."

Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Constable Davison said: "It is believed this attack happened sometime between yesterday evening (Wednesday, 6 December) and 8:30am of today (Thursday, 7 December).  The incident is being treated as a hate-crime.

"If you have any information please contact Police on 101 and quote serial 246 7/12/17.”

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