20 December 2017
DUP Leader Arlene Foster has condemned those responsible for a burglary at Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church and expressed concern about the rising level of burglaries in the South Tyrone area.
The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said “It is disgraceful that anyone would target a church building and it is vital that those responsible are brought to justice. This is a church with a very active outreach into the local community and I know that everyone in the local area will be appalled what has occurred. Efforts are already ongoing to ensure the church’s activities are not disrupted and the two services due to take place on Chrismas Eve can continue as planned.
This is not an isolated incident however and I will be discussing rising levels of burglary in the Clogher Valley area with the PSNI.”
Clogher Valley Councillor Wills Robinson said, “To break into any building at Christmas time is disgraceful but to break into a church is to be condemned in the strongest terms. This is a heartless and pathetic act against the community who support Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church.
The thieves have taken audio visual equipment, money from the Sunday school for missionary work, dinner money from the attached school and caused an enormous amount of damage.
Whilst an elder in this church and deeply frustrated by this theft, this is not unique to the Church as there has been a spate of similar burglaries in South Tyrone. As a party we will be raising this with the police.”