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13/09/2017

Vandals Break Into Church In L'Derry

Extensive damage has been caused after vandals broke into a Church in L'Derry.

The attack happened at Christ Church on Tuesday, 12 September.

Significant damage was caused to an organ and stained glass window.

Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion condemned the attack.

She said: "All places of worship should be treated with respect and any attack on them is an act of sacrilege.

"Not only was the historic church organ vandalised but other sacred items were also destroyed. 

"Those responsible for this mindless attack are not representative of the people of this city and have nothing to offer society. 

"My thoughts are with Archdeacon Robert Miller and all the parishioners at Christchurch. 

"I know that this city will rally round and support them in any way we can at this difficult time.

"I would also encourage anyone with information on this attack to bring it forward to the PSNI."
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SDLP Councillor Deputy Mayor John Boyle said: "I am saddened to hear of the break in and vandalism at the Christ Church in the city. This is repugnant behaviour and it is sickening to think that the church has been targeted in this way.

"Churches perform an important role in our society and an attack of this nature is a challenge to the entire community. It’s my understanding that the church organ was damaged in the attack. This has caused a lot of upset for church users of all denominations and has been particularly distressing to members of the congregation.

"My thoughts are with the clergy and congregation of this long established place of worship. I have no doubt that the entire community will rally round to provide support at this time."

Ulster Unionist Councillor Mary Hamilton said: "I was absolutely disgusted to learn of the vandalism inflicted on Christ Church, Church of Ireland on Infirmary Road in Londonderry.

"This was a truly despicable attack on a place of worship and whoever was responsible must be caught and punished.

"I welcome the condemnation of this incident from other political parties in the City and the support which the Church community has received from across the board."

(CD)

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