Outrage as yobs burn Blackburn church cross

| November 11, 2012

VANDALS have set fire to a 10-foot cross stolen from a church’s garage.

Community leaders said they were ‘disgusted’ and ‘outraged’ that yobs had burnt the wooden cross on land close to Holy Trinity C of E Church in Blackburn. The cross, which was burnt on a bonfire, has been used for more than 30 years in the Good Friday procession from Little Harwood to Larkhill.

Police said a gang of youths ransacked the outbuilding connected to the church’s worship centre, also stealing a mattress, ladder and other household items.

Officers said they did not believe the incident was racially or religiously motivated.

Rev Ron Mulligan, who leads the congregation at Holy Trinity, said: “It’s just mindless vandalism. This is not the first time it has happened but it seems to be the way society is going nowadays.”

Other attacks on the church recently include broken windows, holes being punched in doors, arson attacks and a scooter driven into the church.

Long serving church warden George Harrison, who has worshipped at Holy Trinity for 70 years, raised the alarm after discovering the church’s garage door broken on Tuesday morning.



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