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Anger as vandals target Lanarkshire church and Carfin Grotto

A Craigneuk church is counting the cost after vandals destroyed a number of plant pots within its garden.

St Patrick’s Church posted on social media earlier today regarding the incident which took place at around 1.30am on Monday, October 18.

Speaking to Lanarkshire Live, parish priest Fr Krzysztof Garwoliński said: “Looking at the CCTV the person made sure there was no-one else around and them smashed the pots.

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“It is very disappointing. I have informed the police and also the Diocese of Motherwell.

“Parishioners are also very upset as they take a lot of pride in our garden. Like our church the garden is a place of prayer.

“We created a memorial garden so people could come to a quiet place where they could reflect and say a prayer for their loved ones so it is disappointing.”

Anger as vandals target Lanarkshire church and Carfin Grotto
Vandals targeted Carfin Grotto

Despite the mindless vandalism, Fr Krzysztof also revealed the generosity of locals since the incident took place.

He added: “One local business in Wishaw has already came forward and donated new pots.

“A lot of people have got in touch to see if they could help. They take a lot of prise in the church and that’s wonderful to see that community spirit.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “The incident at St Patrick’s Church is currently being investigated.

“We are looking for any witnesses who may have seen a suspect person walking on Shieldmuir Street or nearby between 1am and 2am this morning.”

Over the weekend, there were also reports of vandalism at Carfin Grotto with yobs starting a fire which destroyed a number of candle stands.

Writing on Facebook, the Grotto stated: “Whilst there is financial damage and implications for repairs at a time when we are tight in cash, there is larger impact of intimidation and desecrating the prayers of the faithful and their loved ones.

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