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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Metal bar used to smash church window in Ballyclare

A metal bar was used to smash the window of the Free Presbyterian Church in Ballyclare.

The incident occurred sometime overnight between Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29.

It’s the latest in a series of incidents which has occurred in Ballyclare. This is the third attack on the church in a year.

Police say they have spoken with members of the community, street pastors and elected representatives in relation to the anti-social behaviour and criminal damage in the town centre.  It is hoped that a solution will be found.

Police say they are continuing to provide a strong, visible presence to the community of Ballyclare to keep those who live and work in the area safe.

And they are appealing to parents to be aware of where their children are at all times.

“As things get back to normal after the festive season, we are appealing to anyone who has any information in relation to damage caused to get in contact. Parents, do you know where your young ones are of an evening? Please have a word before we end up with an arrest charge and court appearance,” said a police spokesperson.

“Officers engage with a variety of key partner agencies and stakeholders and welcome the opportunity to speak with members of the community around policing.”

Enquiries into this incident are continuing and police are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 518 29/12/18.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.


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