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Charitable community centre burgled in Lurgan

A community hub in Lurgan has been broken into during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police received reports of the break in at Mount Zion House just after midnight on Saturday.

A male suspect, described to be in his mid 30s, was seen making off towards the Shankhill area of the town.

Mount Zion is home to a number of charity and community organisations.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart has condemned the burglary.

The DUP MLA said: "At this stage no one has been apprehended or what has been taken identified but police are keen to talk to a heavy build male in his mid 30’s, with facial stubble and wearing dark clothing.

"This is a disgusting attack on Mount Zion House and one I unreservedly condemn. The building for many years has been used as a safe, shared space for children, young people and various charities and businesses. In the past it has also be utilised for social housing. This is an attack on the whole community."

The Upper Ban representative added: "There has been a lot of burglaries in the area over the past number of months and I met with the Police this week to press for a dedicated anti burglary policing team within E District.

"There are far to many resources tied up in non essential administrative jobs and I believe we need to see the public protected from these thieves and an increased presence on the ground.

"I would urge anyone with any information to call the police on the non emergency number 101 and quote reference 19 of 03/02/18."

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