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Sinn Féin Councillor condemns thieves who stole hospice money

13 January, 2009

Sinn Féin councillor Brian Gerard McKeown visited Portadown Parochial House on Monday night to offer his support to the local curate who had been the victim of a cowardly and selfish robbery, earlier in the evening.

Speaking after his visit Cllr. McKeown said,

"At around 5 o'clock on Monday evening two teenage youths called at the Parochial House where they abused the Curate and then stole a large sum of money destined for a number of charities. The principal beneficiary of this stolen money was to have been the Hospice. This money was given, out the goodness of their hearts, by local people, many of whom could ill afford it.

"This was not only a theft from the church and from charity but also from the ordinary people of the parish who had given freely to help those worse of than themselves. The local people by contributing this money showed the decency and kindness that is the true face of the area. Those who stole it soiled that image."

The Sinn Féin councillor concluded,

"It is hard to think of a more cowardly or shameful act than this robbery. Those who carried it out were no strangers to the area and it is obvious that they were aware there was a large sum of money in the Parochial House. Someone has knowledge of these thieves and I would call on them to give that information to the PSNI. Anyone who would rob from a charity would just as quickly steal from their neighbours or from their friends. They have to be stopped." ENDS

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