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Police investigate bonfire poster referencing murdered father of Willie Frazer

Police are investigating a report of offensive material placed on a bonfire at Carnagat Road in Newry
Marie Louise McConville

POLICE are investigating after a poster appeared on a republican bonfire in Co Down mocking the IRA murder of Willie Frazer's father.

The South Armagh loyalist victims' campaigner said he reported the sign, on the anti-internment bonfire at Carnagat Road in Newry, to police.

The sign, which read: `Willie F wers ur daddy' (sic), was an apparent reference to Mr Frazer's father Bertie who was shot and killed by the IRA on a farm at Ballymoyer near Whitecross in Co Armagh in August 1975.

The 49-year-old council worker, who was also a member of the UDR, was targeted by gunmen as he drove his car out of the farm.

Mr Frazer said the sign referencing his father showed the "mentality of these mindless uneducated entrenched individuals".

"These people are unwilling to move forward, their only aim is to provoke and spread their hate-filled agenda," he said.

"I am well used to this type of mindless bigotry as are the families of the victims we represent.

"Daily we take abuse be it over the phone or in the street. These people have no history, no culture, nothing to be proud of, so they cling on to he glorification of murder. It's more to be pitied".

He added: "The victims won't be deterred. We won't shy away from confronting bigotry and glorification of murder".

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police received a report of offensive material at a bonfire at Carnagat Road in Newry on Wednesday 9 August. Enquiries into the matter are ongoing".

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