Belfast Telegraph

Memorial to soldiers vandalised yet again

By Joanne Sweeney

A memorial to three young Scottish soldiers murdered by the IRA has been vandalised for the sixth time.

Police are treating the attack on the north Belfast tribute to the young Fusiliers as a hate crime.

Paint was thrown at it just after 5pm yesterday.

The memorial at White Brae, Ligoniel, has now been vandalised and damaged six times since it was erected in 2010.

The soldiers – brothers John (17) and Joseph McCaig (18), and Dougald McCaughey (23) – had been drinking on a night off-duty and were in their civilian clothes when they were killed in March 1971.

They were lured away by a terrorist gang and driven to remote White Brae in north Belfast, where they were shot in the back whilst relieving themselves by the roadside.

No one has ever been convicted of the murders of the soldiers.

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