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Outrage over paint attack on Catholic church

Sacred Heart Church in Ballyclare shows evidence of vandalism
Sacred Heart Church in Ballyclare shows evidence of vandalism

By Jemma Crew

A paint attack on a Catholic church in Co Antrim has been condemned.

White paint was thrown at Sacred Heart Church on Doagh Road in Ballyclare. The vandalism took place during the early hours of yesterday.

In a joint statement local Ulster Unionist Party representatives, including South Antrim MLA Steve Aiken and the party's Antrim and Newtownabbey councillors and candidates, voiced their anger.

They said: "We are totally disgusted at what has happened at a place of worship. Desecration is a disgusting act at any time of the year but at Easter it is even more poignant.

"We are all really angry that people would target their Catholic neighbours' sacred place of worship in this despicable way."

The PSNI said: "Any right-minded person can see the pain and anguish that this would cause."

Detectives urged anyone with information to contact them.

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