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Chapel attack treated as hate crime

Graffiti has been daubed on the walls of a Co Tyrone chapel in what police are treating as a hate crime.

St Patrick's Church in Dungannon was targeted in the overnight attack.

Police have appealed for anyone who noticed anything suspicious at the chapel, which is on the Killyman Road, to come forward.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said: "At this stage, police are treating the incident as a hate crime."

SDLP councillor Denise Mullen branded the attack "sickening".

"This is a disgusting and appalling act of vandalism," said Ms 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."

Sinn Fein Assembly Member Bronwyn McGahan also condemned the vandalism.

"All places of worship, regardless of the denomination, should be treated with respect," she said.

"I'm sure the entire local community will condemn this attack and I hope that it won't impact on the positive community relations in the area."

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