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Brick thrown through church door in suspected hate crime

Police are currently investigating a suspected hate crime after a Co Armagh church was vandalised.

Officers are appealing for information following the report at a church on High Street in Lurgan, on Wednesday, December 12.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows explained: “A report was received that a brick had been thrown at the front door of the church, breaking a pane of glass, and that damage had been caused to a number of wooden Remembrance Day crosses, sometime between midday on Tuesday and 1pm on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are treating this as a hate crime and an investigation is underway.”

He added: “I would appeal to anyone with any information or any drivers who were passing First Lurgan Presbyterian Church and who may have captured footage on dashcam that may be of assistance to our investigation, to contact officers in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 687 12/12/18.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

DUP Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart condemned the attack.

“Causing criminal damage to any premises is wrong and a gutless crime,” slammed Ms Lockhart.

“To do it to a place of worship where people go as a place of sanctuary, worship and reflection is beyond contempt.

“Along with any right thinking person I condemn this attack. I have a very good relationship with the churches in the area and will be working with the police and the church officers to ensure we send the right message out.

“This type of behaviour is wrong, is disrespectful and no one should engage in it or attempt some sort of tit for tat retaliation. It serves no purpose.”

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