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Teebane memorial paint attacks causing ‘unbearable pain'

The memorial at Teebane which was damaged in a paint attack 
Connla Young

ATTACKS on a memorial to eight Protestant workmen killed by the IRA cause unbearable pain to their families, the daughter of one of the victims has said.

Diane Allen was speaking after paint was thrown at the stone column at Teebane, between Cookstown and Omagh, some time overnight on Sunday.

Her father Jim Caldwell (37) was killed along with seven other construction workers when a bomb detonated under a van carrying them home from a British army barracks in Omagh in 1992.

A Co Tyrone businessman has since claimed that he warned police the workmen were to be targeted but they failed to act.

In February floral tributes left at the memorial on the Drum Road were scattered across the road and destroyed by passing cars.

Ms Allen said the latest attack was very upsetting.

“I’m just off the phone from my mother (Jean Caldwell) who is very distraught. We’re feeling very hurt, annoyed and can’t understand the mentality of these people,” she said.

Ulster Unionist councillor Trevor Wilson said the weekend attack was the worst he had seen at the memorial. while DUP assembly member Ian McCrea also visited the scene.

Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy also said the attacks were wrong and should stop.

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