Facebook/Police Service in Northern Ireland

Man released over paint attack on County Antrim church

Tue 23 Apr 2019
By Alex Williams

Police have released on bail a man arrested after paint was thrown at a Catholic church in Country Antrim during the weekend.

The 26 year old was detained on suspicion of criminal damage following the incident at the Sacred Heart Church on Doagh Road in Ballyclare.


In a statement posted on Facebook, the Police Service in Northern Ireland added: "A 35 year old woman was also cautioned for assisting an offender as part of the investigation."


"Police would like to thank the local community for their assistance and we would continue to appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this incident to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 438 21/4/19."


Officers said several "paint bombs" were thrown at the building between midnight and a morning mass service on Easter Sunday.

Commenting at the time, they said: "Any right minded person can see the pain and anguish that this would cause."

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