CHURCH IS LEFT WITH £20K BILL

Fr Dan Whyte assesses the damage to the sacristy at St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. INNT 39-113FP

Fr Dan Whyte assesses the damage to the sacristy at St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. INNT 39-113FP

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A GLENGORMLEY church has been left with a staggering £20,000 repair bill after thieves stole more than half a tonne of lead from the roof of the building last week.

The thieves struck at St Bernard’s Church on the Antrim Road sometime overnight on September 17, and went back to finish the job five days later.

They made off with a quantity of lead valued at around £1,000. But the resulting leaks in the roof of the building have left the church facing a costly clean-up operation it can ill afford.

“We had two incidents inside a week,” Parish Priest, Fr Dan Whyte told the Times. “The thieves did one side of the building one night and then came back a few days later and did the other side of the building.

“They just ripped the lead off the roof and the consequential damage has been significant. Unfortunately there has been considerable damage caused to the interior of the church as a result of water coming in.”

Read the full story in this week’s Times...