UK: Anti-Catholic hate crime probe after priest and churchgoers are attacked
Missiles were thrown and sectarian abuse was shouted when the group were targeted outside a church.
19/1/2017- An investigation has been launched following an apparent sectarian attack on a priest and churchgoers as they made their way to Mass. The incident happened on Tuesday evening outside the church of St John & St Columba in Rosyth , Fife. A gang of youths threw eggs and shouted anti-Catholic abuse at the priest and parishioners. It is understood police are treating the attack as a hate crime. Parish priest Father Kevin Dow said: "It's dreadfully sad that in today's Scotland we still have young people who seem to be brought up or encouraged from elsewhere to be anti-Catholic and to do so in an open, intimidating and violent way." A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police in Fife received a report of a disturbance outside St John's Church in Rosyth on the evening of Tuesday January 17. "Officers are following a positive line of inquiry."
Anyone with information can contact police via 101.
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