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UDR memorial removed and replaced with IRA slogan, PSNI investigating it as 'hate crime'

The crosses were removed hours after a memorial service in Castlederg took place.

THE PSNI ARE investigating after two remembrance crosses for UDR members killed 30 years ago were replaced with pro-IRA slogans.

The crosses were taken from the scene of where the attack took place in Castlederg on Monday, just hours after a memorial service for the two was held.

The crosses were replaced with a poster that read ‘IRA 2 – UDR 0′.

Norman McKinley and Heather Kerrigan were killed in the July 1984 landmine attack at Corgary Road and poppies and the crosses were placed at the scene during the roadside service.

“We are investigating this as a hate incident and have seized the poster,” confirmed PSNI chief inspector Andy Lemon.

“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.”

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