Vandals torch St Albans church Nativity scene
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The Christmas spirit at a local church was well and truly burnt out after a beloved nativity scene was set on fire by vandals.
In the early hours of New Year’s Day, a firework was set off inside the outdoor Nativity scene at St Bartholomew’s Church in Vesta Avenue, St Albans.
At around 2.45am, a passerby phoned Father Tim Edgar, who went to the scene with the emergency services.
Tim said: “After the fire went out I was sure they were going to say it was an electrical fault, which I knew it wouldn’t be as there were so many circuit breakers, but they didn’t; they told me it was a firework.”
The priest estimates that a minimum of £600/700 worth of damage has been caused by the vandalism, of which there are currently no witnesses.
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He explained: “A wise man lost a head, and the donkey had a crack in its neck, but hopefully it will be back for next Christmas.
“People were really upset by this and we even had some children in tears.
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“It’s really loved in the community; we have people stop to come and look every year, I cant understand why someone would do this.”
The church have chosen not to officially report the incident to the police, and therefore no investigation is taking place.