UUP CONDEMN PAINT ATTACK ON CATHOLIC CHURCH

Police probe paint bomb attack on St Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newtownabbey

Police probe paint bomb attack on St Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Newtownabbey

AN ULSTER Unionist Party councillor says those who attacked a Catholic Church at the weekendd are “opposed to a free society”.

Newtownabbey Cllr John Scott said he was “disgusted” at another attack on St. Mary`s Star of the Sea Church on the Shore Road.

“Attacks on any property are to be condemned, but attacking a place of worship is particularly cowardly,” said Cllr Scott.

“In a free society people should be able to attend their place of worship free from fear, intimidation or obstruction.

“Those who committed this crime are obviously opposed to a free and open society and should be condemned and ostracised.

“Furthermore, if anyone has information about those who carried out this crime, they should contact the PSNI or provide Crimestoppers with information anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Parish priest Father Anthony Alexander said he felt “exasperated” at the latest attack on his church.

“We’d just cleaned up after the last paint attack and the place was looking very well, and they’ve done it again – why I do not know,” he said.

UUP Cllr John Scott condemns latest attack on St Mary's Catholic Church

UUP Cllr John Scott condemns latest attack on St Mary’s Catholic Church

“The church has been there for 150-odd years, and I just can’t work out what their problem is.”

In September, a petrol bomb and paint were thrown at the church.

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