Church devastated by two arson attacks in 48 hours
Police are investigating an arson attack on a Presbyterian church and neighbouring hall in south Belfast.
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.
Police appeal for information following arson attack on Presbyterian church on Saintfield Road, Belfast in the early hours of this morning.— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) July 24, 2016
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."