UK: Glasgow Catholic church ransacked by vandals – Police: Not a hate crime

UK: Glasgow Catholic church ransacked by vandals - Police: Not a hate crime

Police are carrying out investigations after –probably Muslim– vandals ransacked a Catholic church in Glasgow causing ‘significant’ damage.

Shocking pictures shared on social media show the extent of the destruction to the altar area of St Simon’s Catholic Church, including broken statues and other holy relics.

A police spokeswoman said in a statement: “Between 1.30pm and 4pm on Monday, April 29, vandalism was carried out at St Simon’s Church at Partick Bridge Street.

“The church would have been open at the time.”

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There is nothing to suggest the incident is sectarian or hate crime. Inquiries are ongoing.”

The Archdiocese of Glasgow described the incident as a “shameful attack on a much-loved church”.

“Let’s find those responsible and send out the message loud and clear that this kind of action is unacceptable,” he added.

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