Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh/PA Wire

Boy, 12, charged after eggs and abuse hurled at church goers

Fri 20 Jan 2017
By Alex Williams

A 12-year-old boy has been charged in connection with an incident in which church goers were pelted with eggs.

The parish priest has described the hurling of eggs and anti-Catholic abuse at people outside a church in his eastern Scotland parish as "dreadfully sad".

Fr Kevin Dow spoke after churchgoers on their way to Mass at St John & St Columba in Rosyth, Fire, on Tuesday evening were targeted by a gang of youths.

He 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."

Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh/PA Wire


Despite one arrest, the Police are continuing their investigation following the apparently sectarian attack, which officers are understood to be treating as a hate crime.

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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