23/01/2018

Police Appeal After Substantial Damage Caused To Church During Break-In

Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a church in east Belfast.

The break-in at St Patrick's Church on the Newtownards Road happened between 9pm on Friday, 19 January, and 10am on Sunday, 21 January.

Substantial damage was caused, according to the PSNI.
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A police spokesperson said: "Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious during this time. If you believe that you may have information relevant to this investigation please phone 101 quoting reference number 459 21/01/18."

Alliance Councillor David Armitage described the attack as "shocking".

He said: "This is a shocking attack on a place or worship, carried out by thugs who have shown a complete lack of respect to all those who value the presence of this church in their daily lives.

"I have been in touch with the Minister and his wife this afternoon to aid him not only to outline to local resources available to them as they move forward, but also to reaffirm my support and the support of the local community in standing against the perpetrators."

(CD/MH)

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