Assaulted in his church – but vicar will not give up

| June 12, 2013

A vicar has vowed to continue his work with alcoholics and homeless people despite being assaulted in his Lincoln church.

Reverend Jeremy Cullimore, of St Mary le Wigford Church near the city’s train station, claims he is attacked by addicts about once every three months.

But the philanthropist says he is committed to running BeAttitude, a charity that offers support to vulnerable people.

Rev Cullimore said he had received “a couple of real beltings” in the past from another visitor and had also been headbutted.

But he explained 20 years in the army has helped him to “take a punch without it being too damaging”.

“I have been thumped several times,” he said.

“It’s about once every three months.

“I’ve had a couple of quite severe thumpings, and each time by someone who has got mental health issues.

“It’s nothing personal. We have to get that close before we can start helping them.”

The 67-year-old man involved in the assault this month has now been banned from the church.

Lincolnshire Police said he appeared in Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on May 8 and pleaded guilty to assault by beating. He was sentenced to a day’s detention.

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