Erskine urges leadership against War Memorial attacks

Fermanagh and South Tyrone DUP MLA Deborah Erskine has called on other Parties to step up and speak out in condemnation of recent attacks to Moy War Memorial. The latest attack took place on Sunday night, and follows an incident two weeks ago when three individuals were arrested for criminal damage to the memorial.

By Deborah Erskine MLA

Fermanagh & South Tyrone

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Mrs Erskine stated, “I am calling on public representatives and those in the community to show leadership regarding the attacks of criminal damage that continue to occur in the town of Moy. Since the last incident of criminal damage, I not heard condemnation from Nationalist and Republican leaders condemning the incidents.

Wreaths are being destroyed on a regular basis and indeed there have also been reports of people urinating against the war memorial. I would remind everyone, that the names of those inscribed on the War Memorial fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today. People from all sections of our community, went to war for our civil and religious freedoms and we owe a debt of gratitude to them.

I am dismayed that criminal damage has been allowed to continue in the community, without strong cross-party condemnation. The incidents have been nothing short of disgraceful, of which the local Royal British Legion have had to pick up the pieces after the reckless actions of some individuals.

The Police have been investigating incidents. However they should not be happening in the first place and it is long past the time, for everyone, across the community to stand up and say – no more.

I would urge anyone with information, to bring it forward to the PSNI.”

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