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MoD is criticised over memorials
Stephen Restorick was 23 when he was killed
Stephen Restorick was 23 when he was killed
The mother of the last British soldier murdered in Northern Ireland has criticised the Ministry of Defence's policy on memorials.

Rita Restorick said it was unacceptable that the MoD refused to pay for plaques at trees at the National Memorial Arboretum in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Mrs Restorick's son Stephen was shot dead in County Armagh in 1997.

Speaking after a special NI service at the arboretum at the weekend,she said she felt some bitterness over this.

"I feel anger specifically towards our MoD, who refuse to buy the plaques to put at each tree," Mrs Restorick said.

"A small sum that would only be 72,000 to put a plaque at each tree, but the families themselves are expected to provide them.

"Little things like that cause me bitterness, I accept what happened to Stephen."

Mrs Restorick was speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme.

Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick, 23, was shot by a sniper while manning a checkpoint in Bessbrook in February 1997.


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