Friday 30 September 2016

Church devastated by two arson attacks in 48 hours

Published 24/07/2016 | 10:51

Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church
Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church
Northern Ireland Fire Brigade

Police are investigating an arson attack on a Presbyterian church and neighbouring hall in south Belfast.

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Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church, at Myrtledene Road, in south Belfast was attacked overnight between Thursday and Friday, and again in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The church said that during the first attack, its building was set alight, and a substantial fire broke out in the kitchen area. It also caused flooding in the halls.

Church workers were on the scene on Friday and Saturday cleaning to ensure the building would be fit to host their two services on Sunday.

However the second attack in the early hours of Sunday morning was so severe the church building is now out of bounds.

A spokesman for the PSNI said they are investigating the incident at the church and neighbouring hall.

"It is believed that this attack occurred sometime between 1.00am and 1.20am, today, Sunday, 24 July," he said.

"The Church and the hall sustained considerable damage."

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