Priests house burgled by man with axe in north Belfast

Priest\s house burgled by man with axe in north Belfast

Thieves armed with axe break into priests home

A priest has escaped injury after disturbing thieves who broke into the parochial house of the St Vincent de Paul church in the Ligoneil area of north Belfast – armed with an axe.

The church itself is also understood to have been broken into during the incident, which happened at about 2am on Monday.

Keys for the priests vehicle and a minibus used by the local community were stolen, along with a sum of money.

Sinn Féin councillor Ryan Murphy said: This was a terrifying incident for the priest and Im relieved that he wasnt hurt in the incident.

Breaking into someones home is always traumatic for the victim, but is even more shameful that anyone would break into an amenity widely used by the local community.

Mr Murphy added: I am appealing to anyone with information on this incident to bring it to the police, so these individuals can be taken off the streets.

"One man, who was in the house at the time, was wakened by a noise and heard the voice of a male intruder," a spokesperson explained.

This male was described as being stocky or possibly wearing a heavily padded jacket. He also ran with a limp and was dressed in dark clothing.

"He was observed calling to a small, thin, dark-coloured dog which followed him up the Ligoniel Road.

We are appealing to anyone who saw suspicious activity in the Ligoniel road area between 1.30am and 2.00am this morning to get in touch with police on the non-emergency number 101."

A priest awoke to discover an axe-wielding gang in his parochial home, a Belfast councillor has said.

Sinn Fein Councillor Ryan Murphy said he was relieved no one was hurt when the home of the priest at Ligoniels St Vincent de Paul Church was broken into.

He said both the home and church were broken into at around 2am on Monday but was relieved the man was not hurt.

Councillor Murphy said: The raiders ran off after being disturbed by the priest who had wakened during the break in.

The thieves stole car keys for the priests vehicle and a minibus used by the local community and a sum of money.

This was a terrifying incident for the priest and Im relieved that he wasnt hurt in the incident.”

He added: “Breaking into someones home is always traumatic for the victim but is even more shameful that anyone would break into an amenity widely used by the local community.

I am appealing to anyone with information on this incident to bring it to the police so these individuals can be taken off the streets.

Several sets of keys were taken, as well as a sum of cash.   A hatchet and shovel were recovered from the scene.

A suspect was described as being stocky or possibly wearing a heavily padded jacket.  He also ran with a limp and was dressed in dark clothing.  Police said he was observed calling to a small, thin, dark-coloured dog which followed him up the Ligoniel road.

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