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Petrol bomb attack on Northern Ireland church an 'isolated incident'

By Jonathan Bell

Police are investigating after a petrol bomb was thrown at a Northern Ireland church.

It happened at Stewartstown Baptist Hall on West Street in Stewartstown, Co Tyrone on Wednesday night.

Police said a glass bottle containing flammable liquid was thrown at the front door of the property. It did not ignite and no damage was caused.

SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn said he was shocked at the incident saying it would be out of place in the area as both sides of the community live together peacefully.

"It isn't indicative of the people around the town and this would be an isolated incident," he added.

Ulster Unionist Kenneth Reid encouraged anyone with information to contact police.

"Theses people have no respect for people or property and any attack on a building where people go to worship has to be condemned," he added.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact officers in Dungannon quoting reference number 561 of 13/07/17. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Originally it had been reported the incident happened at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church which is also on West Street.

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