Northern Ireland

Newtownards Road: Attack on memorial to IRA victims

Flower pots were broken and a union flag was ripped down at the memorial on Belfast's Newtownards Road on Sunday night Image copyright East Belfast ACT
Image caption A union flag was ripped down and flower pots were broken at the memorial on the Newtownards Road

A memorial garden commemorating IRA murder victims has been vandalised in east Belfast.

A union flag was ripped down and flower pots were broken at the memorial on the Newtownards Road on Sunday night.

Those commemorated at the garden include James McCurrie and Robert Neill, who were shot and killed by the IRA in nearby streets on 27 June 1970.

Police said they are treating the attack as criminal damage and that a motive has not yet been established.

'Bigoted elements'

Ulster Unionist Councillor Sonia Copeland said: "What sickens me most this morning is this is not the first time that I have woken up to news that this memorial garden has been attacked overnight.

"This only succeeds in causing distress to the families.

"This attack demonstrates the lack of tolerance from bigoted elements sadly still present in our society," she added.