Woman charged after Newry war memorial vandalised

image captionThe attack happened on Thursday, four months after the memorial was previously targeted

A woman has been charged after a war memorial was damaged in County Down.

Wreaths and wooden crosses that had been placed on the Newry memorial were thrown into the nearby Clanrye River.

It happened at about 23.20 GMT on Thursday at the memorial in the city's Sugar Island area.

The 44-year-old woman has been charged with criminal damage.

She will appear at Newry Magistrates' Court next month.

A police officer said the incident was being treated as a hate crime, which is "totally unacceptable".

image captionWreaths were removed from the memorial and thrown into the Clanrye River

It was "another sad and despicable act of hatred", said the Democratic Unionist Party MLA William Irwin.

"These sinister actions have caused great offence and hurt in the community."

It was also condemned by Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy, who said there was "no place for attacks like this in our society".

"Monuments and memorials are important places in communities and should be respected."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives.

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