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Narrow Water soldiers' memorial attacked again for second time in days

Wreaths and floral tributes to soldiers killed at Narrow Water were destroyed earlier in the week. [File Photo]
Wreaths and floral tributes to soldiers killed at Narrow Water were destroyed earlier in the week. [File Photo]

The Narrow Water memorial to 18 soldiers killed in an IRA ambush has been attacked again for the second time in days.

On Saturday morning it was discovered poppy wreaths were damaged and thrown onto the road.

It is the second time this week police have been called to investigate an incident on the main Warrenpoint to Newry road.  On Thursday crosses were broken and wreaths scattered at the memorial on the main Warrenpoint to Newry road.

And last month, damage was reported on Saturday September 15 with football fans blamed as they made their way home from a match.

Last night's attack is thought to be the fifth this year and police are investigating the attacks as hate crimes.

On August 27, 1979 an Army convoy was ambushed by two roadside bombs.

The attack claimed the lives of 18 soldiers in what was the biggest single loss of life for the military during the Troubles.

Cliftonville Football Club fans were blamed for an attack on the memorial last month as they made their way home from an away game against Warrenpoint Town.

The club condemned the attack as “pathetic”, vowing to help police with their investigation.

A bus was seized and a number of people questioned.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said that its probe is still ongoing, with a “number of lines of enquiry” being investigated.

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