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'Despicable behaviour': DUP MLA slams hate attack on on Lurgan church

A DUP MLA has branded a hate attack on a church in Lurgan as "despicable behaviour".

Representative for Upper Bann Jonathan Buckley wrote on Twitter: "I trust police can find those responsible for this hate crime, and bring them before the courts."

A brick has been thrown through the front door of a church in Lurgan.

The incident is being treated by police as a hate crime

A pane of glass was smashed in the attack, and a damage caused to a number of wooden Remembrance Day crosses.

It happened sometime between midday on Tuesday and 1pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd said: "I condemn the attack on the Presbyterian church in Lurgan, which resulted in the breaking  of a pane of glass, and  damage to a number of wooden Remembrance Day crosses. Anyone with information on who is responsible should contact the PSNI."

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly described the incident as a "disgusting attack" and said it would have "greatly upset the congregation who I'm sure see this as an attack on them and their faith".

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “I would appeal to anyone with any information or any drivers who were passing First Lurgan Presbyterian Church and who may have captured footage on dashcam that may be of assistance to our investigation, to contact officers in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 687 12/12/18."

The public can also provide information through independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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