Appeal for witnesses after memorial ‘hate crime’ incident

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Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of criminal damage at a memorial in Castlewellan sometime overnight on Friday 10 January.

Speaking to Newry Times, Sergeant Heatley said, “We received a report at 11.10 am today that damage had been caused to a poppy memorial in the Dublin Road area of  Castlewellan, which is believed to have occurred sometime overnight.

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“It is reported that two tyres were placed on wooden memorial boxes and were set on fire.



“Our enquiries into this incident, which is being treated as a hate crime, are continuing and we would urge anyone who witnessed what happened, or who knows anything about this to get in touch with police.

“We would also ask anyone who may have captured dashcam or helmet cam footage on the Dublin Road to call police on 101, quoting reference number CCS 558 of 10/01/20,” Sergeant Heatley added.



Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.




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