Attwood: Attack on Virgin Mary statue 'offensive and upsetting'
“I understand that the police are treating an attack on the statute of the Virgin Mary in West Belfast as a hate crime and rightly so. It is very upsetting for local people to see the statue damaged in this way and is incredibly offensive that anyone would behave in this way.
“It seems likely that this was an attempt to steal the statue and given the time of year, it is questionable where it might have ended up. “This is completely irresponsible action, and I would encourage those of influence in the community to discourage this kind of behaviour.”
“Anyone with any information should contact the PSNI.” ENDS