Attack on Presbyterian church being treated as a hate crime

An attack on a Presbyterian church in Lurgan during which a number of Remembrance Day crosses were vandalised is being treated as a hate crime, police have said.

First Lurgan Presbyterian Church on High Street was targeted sometime between Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12.

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Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “A report was received that a brick had been thrown at the front door of the church, breaking a pane of glass, and that damage had been caused to a number of wooden Remembrance Day crosses, sometime between midday on Tuesday and 1pm on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are treating this as a hate crime and an investigation is under way.”

He added: “I would appeal to anyone with any information or any drivers who were passing First Lurgan Presbyterian Church and who may have captured footage on dashcam that may be of assistance to our investigation, to contact officers in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 687 12/12/18.

“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.”