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Police appeal for witnesses and information following arson attack at church in Co Antrim

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Police are appealing for information and witnesses following a report of criminal damage at a church in Ballymoney on Sunday evening, 19th November.


Sergeant Moody said:


“Police received a report shortly after 9.45pm that the side door of a church in the Castle Street area of the town had been set alight.



“The fire was extinguished before the arrival of officers and thankfully no injuries were reported.


“Some damage was caused to the door as a result of the fire and we are investigating what happened as a deliberate arson attack.


“Our enquiries are ongoing and I would appeal to anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation to contact us on 101, quoting reference 1540 19/11/23.



“We are especially keen to hear from anyone who was in the Castle Street area of the town and near the church on Sunday evening between 9.30pm and 9.45pm, and noticed anything suspicious, to get in touch.”


Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/


McGuigan condemns attack on Ballymoney church


Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has condemned the incident and appealed for anyone with information on the attack on the church to bring it forward.


The North Antrim MLA said:


“I unreservedly condemn the attack on Our Lady and St Patrick's Church in Ballymoney on Sunday.


“Damage was caused to the door as a result of the fire but thankfully the fire was extinguished quickly and the extent of the damage contained. If the fire hadn’t been noticed when it was then obviously we could have been looking at very serious damage to the chapel.


“Police are investigating what happened as a deliberate arson attack.


"I would appeal to anyone with information about this attack to report it to the PSNI"

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