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Police launch investigation after attempted arson attack on church

The incident happened between 11pm and 11.30pm yesterday evening.

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POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have launched an investigation after an attempted arson attack on a church.

This happened at sometime between 11pm and 11.30pm last night at the premises on Loughbrickland Road in Rathfriland, Co Down.

The PSNI has said that it believes tyres were stacked against the side of the building and set alight.

Although the structure of the church hasn’t been affected by the incident, it has caused damage to its facade and windows.

It is understood that the church attacked is Presbyterian.

Police are asking for anyone with any information about the incident to contact them on the non-emergency number on 101 or 0489065 0222 for callers from the Republic of Ireland.

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