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Security stepped up at church

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Security stepped up at church thumbnailCouncillor William McCandless pointing out one of the newly installed CCTV security cameras following a spate of vandalism attacks at St Patrick's Church in Coleraine town centre. WK6KC27

SECURITY cameras have been installed at Coleraine's oldest church after the historic building was targeted by vandals for the third time in just 18 months.
Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to leaded stained glass windows at St Patrick's in the town centre, during the hours of darkness.
Following the most recent attack last month a decision was reluctantly taken to purchase CCTV cameras costing 3,200 which will monitor the place of worship round-the-clock.
People's Glebe Warden Stephen Peden told The Chronicle: "We have been plagued by anti-social behaviour; when a window which had been repaired was smashed for a second time a few weeks ago we felt we were left with no choice but to install security cameras.
“It's sad; we don't want to turn St Patrick's into a fortress but such a beautiful building needs to be looked after. We were coming in at all hours just to check the church and ensure everything was okay.
“We believe the intruders came over the wall at the rear of the church which backs onto Anderson Park. Unfortunately they seem to view the church as part of their 'playground.'"
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