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Church altar re-dedicated after arson and devil hate crime attack

PUBLISHED: 10:02 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 04 June 2018

The re-decication service at St Mary's Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth.
Picture: Brian Lafferty

The re-decication service at St Mary's Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brian Lafferty

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A church altar has been re-dedicated after it was desecrated during what police called a hate crime attack.

The re-decication service at St Mary's Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth.
Picture: Brian LaffertyThe re-decication service at St Mary's Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Brian Lafferty

The re-dedication at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth was performed by the Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Hopes.

It follows an incident on March 29 in which a male lit several small fires in the church in Regent Road and attempted to burn a sacred icon from the altar.

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He left a depiction of the Devil in its place, in what police had described as a hate crime.

Parish priest, Father Anthony Nwankwo, thanked Bishop Alan for attending and conducting what he called a beautiful mass.

He also thanked everyone for their support both in the immediate aftermath and ongoing since the incident.

Father Alex Ibe, from St Peter’s Church in Gorleston, also took part in the mass.

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