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Wreaths damaged at war memorial in Loughgall

Loughgall War Memorial

Police are appealing for information after a report of criminal damage at the Main Street of Loughgall area in the early hours of Saturday.

Shortly before 2am, it was reported that a number of wreaths were damaged at the war memorial in the area.

It is believed that a number of males were involved and police inquiries are continuing.

At this stage, police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Inspector Leslie Badger of Portadown Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We would appeal to anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious at the time of the incident to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 130 19/1/19.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

DUP William Irwin MLA has appealed for the public to assist with the PSNI inquiries.

Mr Irwin stated: “This is a shocking incident whereby wreaths were taken from the War Memorial in the village and scattered around and destroyed.

“This was completely uncalled for behaviour from whoever was responsible and I understand that Police are treating the matter as a hate crime.”

He added: “We have seen a lot of this type of hate crime in the wider constituency with wreaths destroyed also in Newry and at Narrow Water in recent times.

“It is unacceptable that this type of vandalism is taking place and those behind it have nothing to offer society. I would call on those responsible to take a moment and reflect on the great sacrifices made in two world wars and conflicts since by our armed forces which protected everyone’s democratic freedoms.”

He concluded: “I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the village to contact the PSNI immediately and assist with their inquiries.”

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