24 September 2005

Church attacked by vandals

The Irish News Online

By Staff Reporter

PARISHIONERS at a north Belfast church yesterday arrived at Mass to find it had been vandalised in an early morning attack.

Paint had been thrown at the front doors of St Gerard’s church on the Antrim Road.

SDLP councillor Pat Convery said the attack had sectarian overtones.

“There can be absolutely no excuse, no explanation for any act of vandalism or violence against a place of worship of any kind,” he said.

“Everyone needs to condemn acts like these in the plainest and most direct language and everyone needs to support efforts by the police to apprehend those responsible.”

It is understood that the vandals struck at some time between 5am and 9am.

It is the third time the church, which is not far from the Whitewell interface, has been targeted in this way.

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