Forkhill Church burglary ‘an attack on the very heart of the community’

January 4, 2016

Police in south Armagh are appealing for information after burglars targeted a chapel in south Armagh in a shocking pre-Christmas attack.

The Church of St Oliver Plunkett, on Main Street in Forkhill, was broken into sometime between Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19. The culprits smashed their way into the church via a stained glass window and caused further damage inside before stealing a sum of cash which included donations from collection boxes.

Describing the incident as “disrespectful and disgusting” police constable Nugent said,

“Any attack on a church is an attack on the very heart of the community and some of the cash stolen was money donated by local parishioners.”

“We would like to find those responsible and need your help. The chapel is situated off the road, behind Fairview Park, and we would like to hear from anyone who witnessed any activity around this area between Friday and Saturday (Dec 18th and 19th), or anyone who has information that may assist our investigation.

“We can be contacted in Newtownhamilton on 101, quoting ref: 529 191215.

“We are also currently working with community representatives to set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in the area and I would encourage all residents to sign up to the scheme and work with us to prevent, detect and deter crime and suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.”