Police investigating ‘hate crime’ at Catholic chapel

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Police in Dungannon are appealing for information after graffiti was painted on St Patrick’s chapel in Dungannon in what police have classed as a ‘hate crime’.

Graffiti was painted on the Killyman Road chapel overnight between Tuesday 29 July and Wednesday 30 July.

A PSNI spokesman said: “At this stage, police are treating the incident as a hate crime. Enquiries are continuing.”

SDLP Councillor Denise Mullen condemned the incident as “sickening”.

“This is a disgusting and appalling act of vandalism,” said Councillor Mullen. “Whoever is responsible for this should be ashamed. To carry out a thuggish act like this on a place of worship is cowardly and, really, it is an attack on the community.

“Whoever is responsible for this vandalism does not represent the good people of Dungannon, and I would urge anyone with information about the incident to contact police.”

However the Right Reverend Colum Dean Curry from Dungannon Parish said the damage caused was “very minimal”.

He added: “It has been washed off so it is of no significance.”

Police are appealing to anyone who noticed any activity in this area or have any information which may be connected to contact them at Dungannon Police Station on the 101 non-emergency number.

Alternatively information can be given to the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.