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Paint splattered on the memorial to the victims of the IRA massacre at Kingsmill near Bessbrook

Paint splattered on the memorial to the victims of the IRA massacre at Kingsmill near Bessbrook

Paint splattered on the memorial to the victims of the IRA massacre at Kingsmill near Bessbrook

A memorial to the victims of the Kingsmill massacre has been daubed with paint in what has been branded a "sickening attack".

The monument at Kingsmills Road in Bessbrook was found splattered with paint on Saturday afternoon.

It commemorates the Kingsmll massacre of 1976, in which 10 Protestant workmen were shot dead by the IRA.

Inspector Philip McCullough appealed for anyone with information on the perpetrators to come forward. "Police received a report... that paint had been daubed on a memorial in the area," he said.

"Police are treating this as a hate crime and are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or with information to contact officers at Ardmore Police Station on the non-emergency number 101."

The attack was widely condemned by politicians. Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady said it did nothing but hurt those whose loved ones were represented by the monument.

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy described it as a "sickening attack", adding: "This will cause stress to relatives and it has to be condemned." SDLP Assembly member Dominic Bradley said to desecrate a memorial that was a source of comfort to the victims of "this heinous crime" was a callous and depraved act.

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DUP MLA William Irwin said branded the attack a display of intolerance and hatred motivated by religion.

"To attack the memorial is a gratuitously offensive action and an attempt to denigrate the memories of the men so cruelly gunned down," he said.


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