Local Congregation shocked after theft of church gates

| May 26, 2012

THE congregation of Magheragall Parish has been left shocked and saddened this week after thieves stole their church gates in the latest in a series of rural crimes.

The gates, which were erected just last year as part of a refurbishment project, are valued at £6,000.

Their theft, which police believe occurred during the early hours of Wednesday morning (May 23), has come as a major blow to the rural community and the minister, Rev Angus McCullough has urged anyone with information to contact the police.

“This has caused great distress and shock,” he said. “It is hard to believe that someone would do this.”

Rev McCullough said there had been a dramatic increase in crime in the area in recent months with many public buildings including the Orange Hall and local primary school being targeted.

“Nearly every house in my congregation would have a tale to tell about theft,” he continued. “In the last while all the public buildings have been targeted. Back in February we had an oil theft at the church and several other buildings had their oil stolen as well.

“I have been here for over seven years now and had no incidents and then in the last few months there have been two major incidents for us, as well as people prowling around the church at night.

 

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