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Priest and parishioners pelted with eggs outside Fife church

Father Kevin Dow Image copyright Catholic Church
Image caption Father Kevin Dow was attacked with eggs during the incident

A priest and parishioners at a Fife church have been attacked with eggs and subjected to anti-Catholic abuse as they made their way into Mass.

The incident happened on Tuesday at St John and St Columba's Church in Rosyth.

Police Scotland said they were investigating the incident.

Last July, a visiting priest in Broxburn, West Lothian, called in police after both he and parishioners were subjected to anti-Catholic chants by youths standing outside a church.

Police also had to be called in May 2015 after St Andrew's parish in Livingston was extensively spray-painted with anti-Catholic graffiti.

Father Kevin Dow, St John and St Columba's church priest, 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 17th January.

"Officers are following a positive line of inquiry."

Image copyright Catholic Church
Image caption The incident took place outside St John and St Columba's church

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