1. ITV Report

WWI memorial daubed with IRA graffiti

A local MLA said the 'UTS' slogan refers to the Springfield Road in west Belfast. Photo: Pacemaker

A World War One memorial has been covered in graffiti in north Belfast.

The European Great War Memorial in Woodvale Park has been daubed with IRA slogans as well as a reference to murdered British Army soldier Lee Rigby.

A peace tree and tablet in the grounds was also damaged.

DUP north Belfast MLA William Humphrey said the attack is the third in three weeks.

“I regard this as an attack on the entire community,” he said.

“Because those people who went and fought in Flanders and the Somme and elsewhere were from across this city, across this community and the island, and indeed across Europe by people who are just so ignorant they don’t know what their history is.”

Mr Humphrey said he didn’t believe it was connected to Martin McGuinness’ visit to the Flanders and the Somme as the same paint appears to have been used in previous attacks.

He added: “These people have no respect for the lives and legacy of those people who made a supreme sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedom and democracy that we enjoy today.”

The damage was reported at 7.30am on Thursday and police are making enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.