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“Absolutely disgusting” - War memorial installation vandalised in Ballymena

Scene of vandalism when war memorial was attacked

Police are investigating after a number of Ghost Tommies and Poppy signs were pulled out of the ground and damaged in Ballymena on Wednesday evening, 29th December.

Local councillor Rodney Quigley has described the incident as "absolutely disgusting" while police in the town say the incident, which occurred at the Moat Hill, is being treated as a hate crime.

The Ghost Tommies and Poppies are part of an installation by members of the community in Harryville, who made and erected them in remembrance of those who fought and died for the country in past wars.

Scene of vandalism when war memorial was attacked

Independent Councillor Rodney Quigley condemned the act, saying:

"Absolutely disgusting act of vandalism on the Tommies and poppies last night at the Moat Hill.

"This attack wasn't caused by individuals just passing by, it was a planned attack and great effort was used to cause maximum damage, and can only be described as a hate crime.

"I would encourage anyone who has any information on this disgusting attack to contact the PSNI."

Scene of vandalism when war memorial was attacked

Police in Ballymena have appealed for information, saying they received a report of criminal damage at the Moat Road area of Ballymena on Wednesday shortly after 9.50pm.

It was reported that a number of statues had been pushed over and pulled out of the ground.

Chief Inspector Bryan said:

“We are treating this report as both hate crime and criminal damage, and we believe a number of individuals may have been involved.

“Our enquiries are continuing and I would appeal to anyone with any information, or who may have seen anyone in and around the area where the statues are located at the time of report, to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 1884 29/11/23.

Scene of vandalism when war memorial was attacked

“Alternatively you can report online at  or in confidence through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


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