Vandals attack nativity scene again

FOR the second year in succession vandals have attacked figures in the nativity scene placed in the centre of Halesworth.The plywood models featuring in the nativity scene have become a popular feature of the north Suffolk town's Christmas celebrations.

FOR the second year in succession vandals have attacked figures in the nativity scene placed in the centre of Halesworth.

The plywood models featuring in the nativity scene have become a popular feature of the north Suffolk town's Christmas celebrations.

They are made by local craftsmen and placed in The Arboretum at Halesworth close to St Mary's Church.

The spectacle is organised by representatives of the Blyth Valley team ministry of churches in Halesworth and the surrounding villages.


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Last year organisers were devastated when the models were virtually destroyed shortly before they were due to be removed.

The day before the scene was due to be dismantled vandals smashed the models leaving them in pieces scattered over a large area.

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Speaking at the time, team vicar the Rev Andrew Dotchin, said that parishioners would not be beaten by the vandals and pledged to work towards repairing and replacing the figures.

This year their hard work was rewarded when the newly made nativity scene was featured in the town's Christmas celebrations that include a large decorated tree and coloured lights in the main shopping area.

However, the nativity scene failed to make it to Christmas Day before being attacked once again.

Three figures have been smashed with their heads removed and graffiti has been daubed over other parts of the display.

The Rev Alan Deering, of the Blyth Valley team of churches, said: “It is very sad when this sort of thing happens.

“A lot of people, including young children, get a lot of pleasure from seeing the nativity scene.”

Members of the Blyth Valley team will be meeting to discuss the situation and it is still not known if the model will be repaired for next Christmas.

“I hope that the nativity scene can be repaired and in place next year and that it will not be vandalised,” said Mr Deering.

The damage to the models took place some time between Monday evening, December 22, and early the following morning.

If anyone has any information about the vandalism they are asked to contact Halesworth police on 01986 835300.

Someone also entered St Mary's Church, Halesworth, overnight December 21 and 22 and broke a curtain rail bracket.

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david.lennard@eadt.co.uk

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