Newry Hate Crime Sees War Memorial Wreaths Thrown In River

A woman has been arrested for criminal damage after a war memorial in Newry was vandalised.

Police on patrol in the city on Thursday evening, 29 November, observed a number of wreaths and wooden crosses that had been thrown into a river, which belonged to a war memorial in the Sugar Island area.

The 44-year-old woman remains in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

Sergeant Lawson confirmed the incident is being treated as a hate crime.

"It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure that we live in a society where diversity is respected.

"Hate crime, in all its forms, is totally unacceptable."
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Sinn Fein MLA for the area Conor Murphy has condemned the vandalism as "wrong" and encouraged anyone with information to come forward.

"There is no place for attacks like this in our society," the Newry and Armagh MLA said.

"Monuments and memorials are important places in communities and should be respected."

Sergeant Lawson added: "I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area last night, around 11.20pm and saw what happened, or anyone who has information they believe may assist our investigation to call us on the non-emergency number 101.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."


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