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War memorial vandalised in Lurgan - election posters dumped on poppy display

Sinn Féin election posters were put on a war memorial in Lurgan

A WAR memorial has been vandalised in Lurgan.

Wreaths were thrown around, wooden crosses were pulled out of the ground and Sinn Féin election posters were put on top of a poppy display.

The Co Armagh memorial, which sits in the centre of Lurgan, was targeted overnight on Monday.

DUP MLA and Upper Bann Westminster candidate Carla Lockhart said the vandalism was a "desecration".

"There’s not much respect nor sign of a shared future in this awful deed," she said.

"When we see the desecration of a war memorial which is there to remember British and Irish men who died beside each other in defence of our freedom, it is to be condemned by all. It beggars belief that people could stoop to this level. It advances nobody’s cause.

"I would call on all local politicians to unite in condemnation of this abhorrent act and to take a stand in their communities that we want to build a better, more tolerant Northern Ireland for all of our people."

She appealed to anyone with information to pass it on to police.

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