Anger after desecration of wreath at War Memorial

The damaged wreath.

Ulster Unionist councillor Richard Holmes has called for anyone with information on the destruction of an Orange Order wreath at Garvagh War Memorial to get in touch with the PSNI.

Cllr Holmes said: “The desecration of an Orange Order wreath at the Garvagh War Memorial is another reminder that there is an element of our society determined to ensure we can never live at peace.

“The PSNI have rightly labelled this incident a hate crime. It follows only a few weeks after a graffiti attack on a chapel in Kilrea. It is disturbing that some people get a kick out of causing such offence to others.

“The attack on wreaths and war memorials has been an ongoing problem in recent years as we have seen at Teebane, Warrenpoint and Loughgall.

“The lack of understanding by a small section of our community that bullets on the battlefields of Europe did not distinguish between religions seems lost on some. Such ignorance is hard to fathom.”

Sinn Féin councillor Seán Bateson has condemned vandalism at the Garvagh War Memorial.

Cllr Bateson said: “This incident where wreaths at the war memorial in Garvagh were damaged was wrong and I condemn those responsible for this wanton act of vandalism and desecration.

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

“I would encourage anyone with information on this incident to contact the PSNI.”

Police are appealing for information following the report of a memorial wreath being destroyed by vandals on Main Street, Garvagh.

Sergeant Stephen Craig said: “It is believed that damage was caused to a poppy wreath at the scene sometime between midnight on Monday, 22nd of July and Tuesday, 23rd of July.

“Enquiries are continuing and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact police in Limavady on 101, quoting reference number 616 of 23/07/19.”

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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