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Co Down church damaged in arson attack

 Police gather evidence of an alleged arson attack at the Baptist Church in Rathfriland. Picture Matt Bohill
Lesley-Anne McKeown, Press Association

A church has been damaged after an arson attack in Co Down.

Tyres were set against the property on the Loughbrickland Road, Rathfriland and set alight.

Damage was caused to the side of the building and windows.

It is believed the arson attack happened between 11 and 11.30pm on Wednesday.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said he hoped those responsible would be caught.

He wrote on Twitter: "Disgusted at the arson attack on the Baptist Church in Rathfriland,Co.Down last night. I hope the criminals responsible will be arrested."

Pastor Ian Wilson from Rathfriland Baptist Church tweeted: "Suspected arson attack on our church last night in spite of this setback we can rejoice knowing that the Devil may Roar but Christ reigns."

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