Sea god statue theft - Christian sect may be behind disappearance

View of Binevenagh mountain - Limavady

View of Binevenagh mountain - Limavady Image by kanbron / CC BY 2.0

Northern Ireland police are now working on the theory that Christian fundamentalists could be behind the theft of a statue of a Celtic sea god from a mountain top in Derry.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that A 5ft cross emblazoned with 'Thou Shalt Not Have False Gods Before Me' was left behind after the thieves took an angle grinder to the steel frame of the statue of Manannán Mac Lir, sited above Limavady.

Two years ago, five statures were erected across the Roe Valley as part of a Sculpture Trail aimed at boosting tourism. The other four pieces of artwork were left unscathed in the recent attack.

A former local mayor said he believed the theft was premeditated and was not a random act of vandalism.

Ex-Limavady mayor Gerry Mullan said that locals were extremely angry that this statue has been taken.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have appealed for information in their efforts to solve this bizarre case.

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