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Gunman breaks into Irish parochial house before threatening priest

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
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Two men - one armed with a gun - forced their way into a parochial house in west Belfast and threatened a priest before making off with cash.

The aggravated burglary took place at St Michael the Archangel on Finaghy Road North at around 7.50pm on Friday evening.

Detective Sergeant Michael Hawthorn said the priest was left badly shaken by his ordeal.

"Our inquiries are at an early stage, however at this time we believe the pair threatened a priest who was inside the property before fleeing with a sum of money and a set of keys," he said.

"The priest has been left badly shaken by his ordeal and we are appealing for the public's help in identifying the perpetrators of this crime."

The PSNI has urged anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

Sinn Fein west Belfast MLA Alex Maskey described the robbers as "despicable thugs".

Via Belfast Telegraph/