Anger over ‘disgusting’ hate crime attack

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Monday, October 5th, 2015
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Sinn Féin Councillor Sinéad Ennis has condemned a sectarian attack on Barnmeen Parochial House in Crotlieve. hatecrime1The Crotlieve representative praised the PSNI decision to treat the incident as a hate crime. “This was a disgusting act and an attack on freedom of religion,” she said. “I’m glad to hear the PSNI are treating this incident with the seriousness it warrants and classing it as a hate crime. That is exactly what it was; a cowardly act motivated by hatred. “Everyone has a right to practise their religion peacefully free from this type of harassment. I would encourage anyone with any information about this attack to contact the PSNI. hatecrime2She added, “The community must stand together to show that this kind of action is unacceptable to all.” Writing on their Facebook page, PSNI Newry and Mourne wrote, “This first photo shows the entrance to the driveway of the Parochial House at Barnmeen. The writing on the stone wall is just across the road on the stone bridge at the Newry Road / Greenhill Road junction. “The third photo shows graffiti daubed on the road just opposite the entrance to the Parochial House. We would appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to these acts of criminal damage to bring it to us. You can call us on 101 or tell us anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 and speaking anonymously to Crimestoppers. The PSNI added, “There can be no excuse for this type of behaviour targeting a place of worship. Regardless of religion, everyone has the right to practice religion peacefully. We are treating these incidents as Hate Crimes.”

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