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Soldier F graffiti removed after appearing on Free Derry Corner overnight

The Free Derry Corner gable wall in the centre of the Bogside
The Free Derry Corner gable wall in the centre of the Bogside

Graffiti in support of Soldier F has been removed after being sprayed on Free Derry Corner overnight.

The soldier has been accused of murdering two people in the city on Bloody Sunday in 1972.

He is expected to appear in court in August.

The stencilled texts appeared on one of the most famous landmarks in Londonderry and appears with a Parachute Regiment flag above it, according to Derry Now.

Thirteen people were killed on Bloody Sunday, January 30, 1972 and a 14th victim died of related injuries months later. Soldier F is accused of murdering William McKinney and James Wray.

He has also been accused of the attempted murder of four other civil rights protesters in Derry, Patrick O'Donnell, Michael Quinn, Joseph Friel and Joseph Mahon.

Soldier F is the only member of the armed forces to face prosecution for his actions that day following an announcement in March.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has confirmed the plan in a letter to relatives of those allegedly shot by the former paratrooper.

Since the announcement that Soldier F would be prosecuted banners in support have appeared in loyalist areas across Northern Ireland.

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