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PIPS appeals for donations following vandalism

Several windows were smashed at the Antrim Road offices of suicide prevention charity PIPS 
Cathal McGuigan

Belfast charity the Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm (PIPS) has appealed for donations after their offices were vandalised.

Three windows were smashed at the charity's Antrim Road offices and several rooms were ransacked.

It is also believed that a number of computers were stolen. 

The incident occured between the hours of 9pm on Friday night and 10am on Saturday morning.

The charity, which works with vulnerable people, has made an appeal on Facebook for donations, which can be sent online or via text.

I am sure you are all aware via social media and the news that our offices on the Antrim road were broken into. We have...

Posted by PIPS Charity on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sinn Féin councillor Mary Ellen Campbell described the attack as a 'serious setback' for the charity.

“This is a devastating blow to everyone involved with the PIPS charity which provides vital services to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide.

“The community will rally round to offer its support to have the damage repaired so that services can be restored as soon as possible," she said.

Councillor Nuala McAllister of the Alliance Party also condemned the vandalism. 

"It is extremely disappointing that an organisation that provides vital support for so many has been targeted in such a way," said Cllr McAllister.

"I completely condemn those behind this attack and I know I am joined by the whole community in offering any support needed in order to get affected services up and running again.

The PSNI have asked that anyone with information about the vandalism to contact them.

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