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Outrage after poppy wreaths in Lisburn are vandalised

The vandalised poppy wreaths in Lisburn
The vandalised poppy wreaths in Lisburn

By Eimear McGovern

Vandalism to wreaths placed in tribute to the victims of the Lisburn half marathon bombing has been condemned.

A van carrying six soldiers was blown up by the IRA following the end of the race in June 1988.

All six soldiers were killed in the attack.

Local DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson led the condemnation.

"In this period of remembrance, what kind of individual feels it is right to desecrate a memorial in this way?" said the Lagan Valley MP, thanking the constituent who alerted him to the damage.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council said it was aware of the vandalism.

"The council has arranged for the area to be cleared and the wreaths will be reinstated as soon as possible," it said.

Alliance councillor Sorcha Eastwood tweeted: "Absolutely disgusted and sickened to hear that the memorial to the Lisburn Fun Run Bombing in Market Place has been vandalised.

"A really disgusting and reprehensible act of great disrespect not just to those soldiers' families, but to us all.

"No place for this in our society."

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