PIPS charity 2POLICE have arrested a man in his 40s after a charity’s offices in North Belfast were vandalised last night.

The PIPS charity’s building on the Antrim Road had its windows smashed.

It’s claimed that the man arrested attempted to throw a brick through the front window but it bounced back and struck him.

A number of people were inside at the time but were uninjured.

PIPS delivers suicide prevention and bereavement support services, counselling and therapies across Belfast and throughout Northern Ireland.

The charity wrote on its Facebook page last night of their thanks to those who helped with the clean-up.

This followed an appeal by the charity on social media for assistance in mending the broken windows.

They said: “I would just like to thank the amazing board, staff, volunteers, family group, and friends of PIPS for all their help and support tonight.”

Former SDLP Mayor of Belfast Nicola Mallon tweeted: “Windows may be boarded up after attack but door is still open welcoming & helping people in N Belfast.”

The PSNI has confirmed they arrested a man at the scene and he’s currently being treated for head injuries.

A police statement said: “Police are investigating criminal damage at a property on the Antrim, Road in north Belfast last night, Wednesday 13 April.

“At around 8.25 pm it was reported that a male was smashing windows of the premises.

“Police attended and a man, aged in his 40’s, was detained and is currently being treated in hospital for a head injury.”

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