Belfast Telegraph

Graffiti thugs smash city cemetery war memorial with iron bar

By John Mulgrew

Thousands of pounds of damage caused in an attack on a war memorial has been branded a disgrace by Sinn Fein.

It is believed an iron bar or hammer was used to damage the Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial in Belfast City Cemetery which names soldiers buried there.

Former Belfast Lord Mayor, Sinn Fein councillor Tom Hartley, who organises tours of the grounds, branded the desecration of such an important memorial vandalism.

Several blocks of stone were damaged with two sections receiving the bulk of the attack. Graffiti on the monument, dating to the 1930s, has since been cleaned off.

He said: “It's disgraceful and particularly hurtful when a memorial like this is desecrated. No one can stand over the desecration of any headstone, no matter who is buried there.”

He added: “It could take up to a year to fix — it's a particular type of stone. The War Graves Commission would have to take a look at the damage and then get new stone cut.”

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