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Police issue appeal after ‘despicable’ act in church grounds

Police are appealing for information following a ‘despicable’ attack on cars in the grounds of a county Armagh church on Thursday night.

Five cars were broken into and items were stolen from three as their owners attended Markethill Primary School’s Christmas Concert in St John’s Parish Church in Mullabrack.

The incident happened between 6.45pm and 8.45pm.

PSNI Inspector Kieran Quinn asked anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact Police at Armagh on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1222 08/12/16.

Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Inspector Quinn said: “I would wish to take this opportunity to remind people not to leave valuables in view inside cars.

“Please always lock handbags, cameras, phones and other valuables in the boot or take them out of the car altogether.

“Thieves can often be opportunist and this simple crime prevention tip can deny them opportunities to steal.”

Alderman Speers said: “I am totally disgusted at the low life thieves who broke into cars at Mullabrack Church, while a local primary school was holding its Christmas carol service. It is abhorrent that anyone could stoop so low.

“I have been in contact with the police to report this matter and also share the views and distress of the local community.

“This is an absolutely scandalous attack, and I urge anyone with information to report it to the PSNI.”

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Lord Mayor Garath Keating has also slammed the disgusting thieves.

The Sinn Fein representative told Armagh I it was a “vile and dastardly act” and branded it an “attack on the entire community”.

Danny Kennedy MLA added: “I am very angry at the despicable actions of thieves who broke into vehicles parked outside St John’s Parish Church, Mullaghbrack during a Primary School Carol Service.

“The local community is rightly appalled by this sickening episode and my thoughts are with all those who have been directly impacted by disgraceful incident.

“It is my sincere hope that the individuals who perpetrated this shameful crime are brought to justice as soon as possible.”

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