An East Derry MLA says lives will be put at risk following the theft of a substantial quantity of electric cable from Drumagarner, near Kilrea.
The cable powers electric lights at St Mary’s Church, where hundreds will be attending masses and services over Christmas.
John Dallat says the church car park is on the opposite side of a very fast and dangerous road, and he's been told by the Roads Service that it's unlikely that the cabling can be replaced before Christmas.
He says the theft of such cabling has been going on right across the North West in Derry, Donegal and Tyrone, and it's clear there is a market for it.
Mr Dallat says anyone caught receiving the stolen cable should be dealt with harshly.........