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Attack on Co Antrim war memorial branded `absolutely appalling'

An attack on a war memorial in Larne has been branded "absolutely appalling"
Marie Louise McConville

AN attack on a war memorial in Co Antrim has been branded "absolutely appalling".

Police said the attack, which saw paint thrown on the Cenotaph in the Church Road area of Larne, took place between Wednesday evening and 8.30am today.

The incident is being treated as a hate crime.

Alliance assembly member Stewart Dickson said: "It is absolutely appalling anyone would carry out this utterly mindless act, which achieves nothing except increasing tensions.

"It is disrespectful to those who lost their lives serving their country and distressing to local residents, who have now seen this memorial attacked twice over the past few months. If we are to have a truly united community, this vandalism needs to stop."

Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart said he was "absolutely disgusted".

"Those responsible for this shameful and pathetic attack have nothing to offer anyone and clearly have no concept of the values of equality and respect," he said.

"If they had any awareness of their history they would recognise that the Cenotaph represents the sacrifice made by men and women from all backgrounds to preserve our freedom and way of life. A freedom they take for granted".

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