Paint bomb attack on Catholic Church being treated by police as a ‘sectarian hate crime’

A PAINT bomb attack on a Catholic Church in Larne is being treated as a ‘sectarian hate crime’.

Police in Larne are appealing for information following the report of criminal damage being caused to a Catholic Church in the Agnew Street area of the town this morning (Sunday, 16th February).

Sergeant Alan Lowry said: “We received a report at around 11am that sometime overnight a paint bomb was thrown at the wall of the church.

“Enquiries are continuing and at this stage the incident is being treated as a sectarian hate crime.

“We would appeal to anyone with any information to contact police in Larne on 101, quoting reference number 608 16/02/20.”

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.

In a statement to ‘Ballymena Daily’, Alliance councillor for Larne Gerardine Mulvenna said: “It is totally inexcusable to attack a place of worship in this way. Everyone has the right to worship as they see fit without fear of intimidation or attack.

“Whoever damaged St MacNissi’s must be condemned in the strongest possible terms and I would urge anyone with information to pass it to the police as soon as possible. As a society we will not tolerate attacks on places of worship and the rule of law must apply.”

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