Glasgow & West Scotland

Archdiocese condemns 'shameful' attack on Catholic church

damage to church Image copyright Archdiocese of Glasgow
Image caption A statue of Jesus was damaged in the attack on St Simon's in Partick

The Archdiocese of Glasgow has condemned a "shameful attack" on the city's third oldest church.

Police Scotland were called to St Simon's in Partick at about 16:20 on Monday.

Pictures posted on the church's Facebook page show the damage, which included a broken Jesus statue.

Police are investigating but officers said there was nothing at this stage to suggest the incident was sectarian or a hate crime.

A post on the Archdiocese of Glasgow Facebook page said: "Whatever the motive this is a shameful attack on a much loved church.

"Let's help find those responsible. This kind of activity is unacceptable."

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Image caption St Simon's Church opened in 1858

The attack has been widely condemned on social media.

Comic book writer and artist Mark Millar tweeted: "This is demonic. Canon McBride is a fantastic priest.

"Terrible he had to walk in and find his church desecrated like this."

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