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St Patrick's Church in the Donegall Street robbed twice in one week

By Ricky Thompson

Published 21/04/2015

A charity box has been stolen from a Belfast church only days after cash was taken from the same place of worship.

The two burglaries took place at Saint Patrick's Church in the Donegall Street area of the city centre.

On Friday police received a report that the church had been broken into sometime overnight and a sum of money had been stolen.

Today, police received word of yet another incident that had taken place sometime overnight.

The church had been broken into again and the contents of a charity box were taken. The collection box had been on the porch of the church and was for the restoration of the building's stonework.

Father Dominic McGrattan, curate at the church, said: "It seems that the church has fallen victim to a spate of burglaries.

"It's a church that a great many people in this area hold in affection. It is rather unfortunate that the priests and the people of the parish no longer feel as safe and as protected as they ought to, on what is holy ground."

Police and a forensics officer could be seen on the church grounds this morning.

Inspector Paul Noble said: "I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or who has information about these incidents to contact Police on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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