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Narrow Water Memorial Vandalised For Second Time In A Month

Poppy wreaths, crosses and flowers were vandalised overnight at Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in Co Down.

Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre Warrenpoint HANDOUT

Wreaths were previously vandalised at the site on September 15 (Picture: Memorial to the Narrow Water Massacre)

A memorial for 18 soldiers murdered in Northern Ireland has been desecrated again.

Poppy wreaths, crosses and flowers were vandalised overnight at Narrow Water, near Warrenpoint in Co Down.

Police are are treating the desecration of wreaths at the site as a hate crime.

The memorial marks where a British Army convoy was ambushed by two roadside IRA bombs in August 1979.

Sixteen Paras and two Queen's own Highlanders died in the attack and six other soldiers were seriously injured, making it the deadliest attack on the British Army during the Troubles. 

The Warrenpoint ambush happened only hours after Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed by an IRA bomb in Donegal Bay in the Irish Republic.

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In the latest incident at the memorial, poppies were found strewn across the floor and wooden crosses snapped.

It comes weeks after a football fans were blamed for wrecking the memorial as they left Warrenpoint for a return bus trip to Belfast.

Belfast football club Cliftonville, whose supporters are mostly from the nationalist/republican tradition, said it was aware of reports that some fans returning from a fixture against Warrenpoint Town were responsible.

Cliftonville condemned September's vandalism as "pathetic" and made clear the perpetrators were not part of an official or affiliated supporters club.

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