Police condemn attack on Kilkeel church

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Police in Newry have condemned an attack on a Kilkeel church in which crosses and statues were damaged.

A PSNI spokesman said damage was caused to the interior of the church, with a number of crosses, statues, pews and windows vandalised.

The windscreen of a Volkswagen Passat parked close was also smashed.

The attack took place on Greencastle Street sometime between 11pm on Wednesday 9 July and just before 9am on Thursday, 10 July.

Superintendent Simon Walls, E District Service Delivery, said: “Any attack on a place of worship must be condemned and we are now investigating to find those responsible.

“If you noticed any activity in this area or have any information which may be connected, please contact police in Kilkeel on the 101 non-emergency number.”

If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie urged anyone with information about the attack to contact police.

Ms Ritchie said: “I join with the community in South Down in condemning this attack on this place of worship.

“No place of worship should be subject to vandalism and acts of disrespect. I know the community in Kilkeel will be horrified to learn of this attack, and would ask anyone with information to come forward to the police at the earliest possible opportunity.”