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Theft of Celtic sea god statue 'hate crime against pagans'

By Donna Deeney

A pagan priest has called on the PSNI to investigate the theft of a statue of a sea god as a hate crime.

The 6ft statue of Manannan Mac Lir was cut down and removed from the top of Benevenagh Mountain above Limavady last week.

A cross inscribed with the words 'Thou shalt have no other gods but me' was left in its place.

This is evidence that the theft was a hate crime against people who worship pagan gods, according to Patrick Carberry, who describes himself as a traditional Celtic shamanic priest.

He said: "If a 6ft cross had been taken and replaced with a statue or symbol associated with paganism or any other non-Christian faith there would have been a huge backlash and it would have been investigated as a hate crime."

The PSNI has put out a missing person report for the statue on its Facebook page.

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