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Police probe 'sectarian hate crime' at church.

Byline: MAURICE FITZMAURICE

BY MAURICE FITZMAURICE SECTARIAN graffiti daubed on a Catholic church was described as "depressing" yesterday.

Monsignor Bryan McCanny spoke out after "UDA" and "UFF" appeared on the door and walls of St Mary's parish church in Limavady, Co Derry.

Police are treating the graffiti and criminal damage as a sectarian hate crime.

A statue was also damaged during the incident at Irish Green Street. Monsignor McCanny told the BBC it was the first attack of its kind.

He added: "The two police officers who arrived this morning helped to clean the paint off the door.

"We never had a problem like this before.

"Parishioners are very upset about it. It's depressing that things like this should happen when we are enjoying peace."

Monsignor McCanny said there had been an increase in the amount of graffiti and painted pavements in recent weeks. He added: "It needs nipped in the bud."

The incident followed a separate report of criminal damage at a church in Co Antrim at the weekend.

White paint was thrown in the grounds of Crumlin Presbyterian Church.

The PSNI said it is being treated as a hate crime.

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