Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

OAP assaulted by church thief

Police are hunting a man who hit a pensioner on the head with a bar after trying to steal money from church collection boxes.

The incident happened at a Catholic Church on Upper Cairncastle Road in Larne yesterday.

Between 10am and 11am, a man entered the church and tried to open collection boxes. He was disturbed by two women and hit one of them on the head with a bar.

After assaulting the woman, he tried to steal her handbag but left empty handed.

He was in his late teens or early twenties, wore a dark hoodie and had a local accent.

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