Belfast Telegraph

Troubles soldiers Belfast memorial stone stolen

A Belfast councillor has voiced her disgust after a memorial stone to three soldiers killed in the Troubles by the IRA was stolen.

Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston hit out after the disappearance of the memorial on Saturday, urging anyone with information to contact police.

"Not content with their cold blooded murder and hellbent on causing more hurt and suffering upon their families, thugs have once again returned to desecrate the memorial to three Royal Highland Fusiliers," the PUP councillor said.

“This isn’t just another sectarian attack this is a vicious, repulsive and repetitive campaign of hatred. The perpetrators are absent of human decency.

"They can remove stones and wreaths but the memory of these three men will forever live on in the hearts and minds of their families, friends and the people of north Belfast. Never to be airbrushed from history.”

The three soldiers were killed in 1971 at White Brae.

Brothers John (17) and Joseph (18) McCaig from Ayr and Dougald McCaughey (23) from Glasgow were killed by the IRA on March 10.

The 1st Battalion, Royal Highland Fusiliers, had been socialising in Belfast city centre when they were lured to the remote White Brae on the Ligoniel Road by a republican woman and murdered.

The mother of the teenagers expressed a wish for a memorial to her boys in 1972, but one was not erected until the Royal British Legion raised money for it in 2010.

There have been numerous attacks on the monument.

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