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Stained glass window smashed in 'appalling incident' at west Belfast church

A stained glass window was smashed at the church. Credit: PSNI
A stained glass window was smashed at the church. Credit: PSNI

Police have issued an appeal for information after what they called an "appalling incident" at a church in west Belfast at the weekend.

A man broke into St Paul's Church on the Falls Road on Saturday (March 23) at around 1.55am.

The man gained access to the church grounds via Cavendish Street carrying a large black bin liner and small light coloured shopping bag and proceeded to try to gain entry to the building via windows and doors before smashing stained glass windows on the door at the side chapel and entering.

Drugs paraphernalia were also located inside the church and items seized for forensic analysis.

The suspect appears to have been of slim build, wearing a dark hooded top, a bobble hat underneath like, dark track bottoms and dark trainers.

"This act of vandalism is both disgusting and disrespectful," a PSNI spokesperson said.

"If you can assist us in any way in identifying the suspect involved in this incident, please contact Woodbourne Police by calling 101 and quoting serial 246 of 23/03/19."

A smashed window at the church. Credit: PSNI
A smashed window at the church. Credit: PSNI

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