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Petrol bomb thrown at Stewartstown Baptist Hall

Stewartstown Baptist Hall on West Street in the village
Andrew Madden

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a petrol bomb was thrown at a Baptist Hall in Co Tyrone.

The attack happened on Thursday night at Stewartstown Baptist Hall on West Street in the village.

No damaged was caused to the building as the device failed to ignite.

It was initially thought that the petrol bomb had been thrown at St Mary’s Catholic Church, which is opposite the Baptist Hall.

In a statement on Thursday night, police said only that a "church on West Street" had been attacked.

However, it was later confirmed the Baptist Hall was the target.

Malachy Quinn, an SDLP councillor for the area, said the attack was no reflection of the Stewartstown community, who "respect people of all cultures and backgrounds".

"The best example of this is that on the Twelfth there was a march through the town, but there was also a Catholic funeral about to get underway at the same time," he said.

"When the marchers came past the family of the deceased’s house they were completely silent.

"On the way back they shook the hands of the family and gave their condolences. That’s the kind of place Stewartstown is – respectful."

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information to contact officers in Dungannon quoting reference number 561.

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