Yobs rip arms off statue of Christ

David Armitage, PCSO Katie Hester and Father Stephen Hotchen outside St Mary Magdalene Church, Altofts where the crucifix has been vandalised and the arm of Jesus broken off.
David Armitage, PCSO Katie Hester and Father Stephen Hotchen outside St Mary Magdalene Church, Altofts where the crucifix has been vandalised and the arm of Jesus broken off.
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A RELIGIOUS statue which has stood outside a village church for more than 60 years has been vandalised.

The congregation at St Mary Magdalene Church in Altofts has been left disgusted by the attack.

A wooden carving depicting the crucifixion of Christ has stood outside the 100-year-old church for as long as worshipers can remember.

But the left arm of the statue has been cut off.

David Armitage, a member of the parochial church council, said: “Everyone is disgusted by it.

“It is predetermined vandalism as it looks like someone has sawn off the left arm with a saw.

“We want to raise awareness as somebody may find it in their garden and just think it is a bit of carved wood and not realise what it is.

“It has been there for a long time.”

Police are still investigating the incident , which happened outside the Church Road building sometime overnight on Wednesday, July 11.

PCSO Roxsanne Davison said: “Part of the statue appears to have been broken off.

“We have made inquiries locally, but have not managed to locate it yet.

“If they get it back then they may be able to mend it rather than having to buy a new one.

“We believe it is around 60 years old and obviously means a lot to the members of the church.

“If anyone has any information about where it is or has it in their possession, then please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with any information should contact PCSO Davison on 01924 295453.