Purses stolen at St Anne's Cathedral

Published Sunday, 04 November 2012
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There's anger after around 20 people had their purses stolen while attending a Belfast Festival dance event at St Anne's Cathedral.

Purses stolen at St Anne's Cathedral
Young and old were targeted. (© UTV)

It happened between 5pm and 5.45pm in the Donegall Street area on Saturday night.

Police said the items were taken from a hall attached to the premises - with the victims aged between seven and 89 years old.

Very Reverend John Mann, Dean of Belfast, said there has been anger that a religious venue has been targeted, as well as sadness.

He said: "Naturally I reacted with the thought 'how could this happen at a place of worship?'

At the service on Sunday morning, talk amongst parishioners was dominated by the news

One man said: "How anyone could live with themselves after entering a place of worship and committing theft is unbelievable."

A woman added: "About six weeks ago the ladies got money taken out of their handbags - I'm disgusted that it's happening."

"There is a lot of sadness about why somebody is doing something like this."

Police are investigating the thefts.

They have asked anyone with more information to come forward.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
disgusted in londonderry wrote (813 days ago):
Stealing from a church, now there's a new low. scumbags.
Vivien Gleason in Belfast wrote (814 days ago):
How can you take your belongings with you when you are performing? Once again, you are putting the balme on the victims, not the thieves.
Robert in Newtownabbey wrote (814 days ago):
The ladies who had their purses stolen were taking part in the dance and had left there handbags along with there clothing in a side room
Lee in Belfast wrote (814 days ago):
heres a silly idea... take all personal belongings into the church-area where your gonna be staying?? hardly rocket-science.
norman.d in bangor wrote (814 days ago):
foolish people not taking their purses with them if its not nailed down it will be stolen in this country theives everywhere these days
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