Outrage at church robbery

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A BRAZEN robbery of a collection box at St Joseph's Church, Meigh last week has been greeted with widespread condemnation within the community, writes Martin McGuigan.

It is believed that the thieves ransacked the stationed box at some point last Tuesday between 10.30am and 1pm, causing damage to the box in the process.

Parish priest, Fr James Clyne, whilst surprised by the incident, stated that it wasn't the first time the church had fallen prey to such attacks.

Fr Clyne said: "It's not the first time it's happened in churches, as any sort of collection box is always a target and you hope for the best that you won't be the next one.

"We were pretty shocked because we thought that it was a pretty foolproof box which, obviously it wasn't because they got at it.

"We would be under the impression that it's been carried out by someone who knew what they were at."

Fr Clyne added that because the collection box had been sealed, the church had been unable to establish how much money had been taken.

Sinn Fein Councillor Liz Kimmins expressed her dismay at the robbery.

"I share the shock and outrage of the local community at this crime and I urge anyone who might have any information that can ensure the apprehension of these burglars, to contact the PSNI.

"People need to remain vigilant and alert to any suspicious activities. Those engaged in these criminal acts on communities, families and their properties need to face the full rigours of the law."

A PSNI spokesperson appealed for anyone with any information regarding the incident to come forward.

The spokesperson said: "Police received reports of a cash theft from a church in the Chapel Road area of Meigh on Tuesday, 7 March.

If anyone has any information relating to this they can contact 101 quoting ref 536 of 07/03/2017. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."


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