Attack on Bessbrook Quaker Meeting House ‘an attack on entire community’

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Monday, April 14th, 2014
Local Sinn Féin Councillor Daire Hughes has condemned what he described as “a very deliberate criminal act of vandalism” carried out on the Friends Meeting House in near Bessbrook. Commenting after he visited the scene Councillor Hughes said, “This deliberate act of vandalism on the Friends Meeting House here in Derrymore Woods is not only an attack on the Quakers and those who meet here at the Friends Meeting House but on the entire community. “I share the anger of the local Community and hopefully those engaged in this mindless act will be apprehended,” Hughes added. Speaking to Newry Times, police in Newry said they are appealing for information after receiving reports a report of burglary.

A spokesman stated, “Shortly after 8:50am, it was reported that the front door of a property in the area was damaged. It is believed that the premise was accessed, but nothing is believed to have been taken during the incident. Enquiries are ongoing.

He added, “Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact police at Ardmore Police Station on the new non-emergency number 101.

“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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