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Mayor to visit Church following recent attack

13 September 2017

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Maolíosa McHugh has offered his support to the congregation of Christ Church on Infirmary Road, after it was damaged following act of vandalism.

Speaking ahead of a visit later this afternoon to the Church, Mayor Cllr McHugh said he was deeply shocked and horrified on hearing about the attack and was keen to reach out to Bishop Good, Archdeacon Miller and the Church congregation to offer the support of the people of the City and District.

The Mayor described the incident as “a despicable act of wanton destruction” and offered his sympathy to the Church of Ireland clergy and parishoners. He appealed to the public who have any information to report it to the authorities.

“I was absolutely disgusted to hear about this attack on a place of worship. It is disgraceful that anyone would want to vandalise and destroy a church in this way and my heart goes out to the local community who are directly affected by this. I was particularly annoyed to hear that the stained glass windows and a prized organ were among the items damaged in the attack. This is an attack on the whole community and there is no support whatsoever for this type of vandalism and I would encourage anyone who has any information to come forward so the culprits can be brought to book.”

The Mayor will be visiting the Church later today to see for himself the damage and to offer his support and assistance to the local community.