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Anger at 'disgusting' attack on Larne war memorial

Credit: PSNI

An overnight attack on a war memorial in Larne has been described as "absolutely disgusting" by local MLA Gordon Lyons.

The same memorial had paint thrown on it in June last year.

"This is the second time this has happened in the last eighteen months and only weeks after the memorial was refurbished ahead of Remembrance Sunday," Mr Lyons said.

"The people of Larne will be outraged by the behaviour of these small minded vandals who have caused great upset to people across the town and beyond. I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI immediately," he added.

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Fellow East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, was similarly condemnatory of the attack, which he described as "utterly mindless".

He said the attack on the Church Road cenotaph was "absolutely appalling" and "disrespectful to those who lost their lives serving their country and distressing to local residents".

"If we are to have a truly united community, this vandalism needs to stop," he added.

Police believe it happened at some time between Wednesday evening and 8.30am on Thursday.

Constable Davison of the PSNI said the incident is being treated as a hate crime.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 246 for 7/12/17.