Poppy crosses stolen and replaced by IRA poster

editorial image

Police in Castlederg are treating the removal of remembrance crosses and the erection of a pro-IRA poster on the spot were two UDR members were killed as a hate crime.

Shortly after 12.30pm Wednesday July 16 “police received a report that two remembrance crosses had been removed from the scene of the murder of two UDR soldiers at Corgary Road, Castlederg. A pro-IRA poster was erected,” said a PSNI statement.

The crosses had been placed at the location on Monday night.

Chief Inspector Andy Lemon, the area commander, said he condemned the incident.

He added: “We are investigating this as a hate incident and have seized the poster.

“Incidents of this kind do nothing for community harmony in the area, indeed I believe the vast majority of people in and around Castlederg will be appalled by what has happened.”

The statement said information can be given on the police non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, it can be provided to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.