Republican vandals removed a poppy wreath and remembrance crosses and erected a pro-IRA poster at the site of the murder of two UDR soldiers in Castlederg with police appealling for witnesses
The memorial was installed on Monday and the police received a report of the vandalism on Wednesday (July 16).
Chief Inspector Andy Lemon, the area commander, said he condemned the incident.
He added: “We are investigating this as a hate incident and have seized the poster.
“Incidents of this kind do nothing for community harmony in the area, indeed I believe the vast majority of people in and around Castlederg will be appalled by what has happened.”
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