Thornton church targeted by gun-wielding vandals, Manor Ward Lab

Manor Ward Labour Councillor Steve McGinnity points out one of the windows at St William of York which still carries a bullet hole.

A Catholic church in Thornton is being targeted by a sniper who has broken a number of windows using a high-powered air rifle, Manor Ward Labour Councillor Steve McGinnity has revealed.

Ten windows have been broken at the church and social club after being targeted by the gun-wielding vandals.

Most have now been repaired.

Thornton Labour Councillor Steve McGinnity has reported the incidents to the police.

Cllr McGinnity said: "I am absolutely shocked by these attacks on one of our local churches.

"Just what is going through the heads of these yobs? Firing at a church really is a new low.

"Not only is this costing the church a lot of money to replace the windows, but it is extremely dangerous. These pellets could cause serious injury to anyone who is unfortunate enough to be hit by one. Falling shards from a broken window could cause even more harm to anyone who is unlucky enough to be under the window.

"The yobs who are firing these guns need to be aware, if they aren't already, of the damage they could cause.

"And we need to see everything we can done to catch the culprits before they do any more damage, or God forbid, hurt someone."

Cllr McGinnity said anyone with any information should contact the police immediately.

Cllr McGinnity said: "Because of the seriousness of these incidents, I'm urging anyone with any information to contact the police immediately on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"I have spoken to the police about this and they are taking this very seriously.

"Those behind these attacks need to know that when they are caught, they will face very serious consequences.

"Fire arms of any description are not acceptable and we all have a duty to ensure that they are not on our streets."

If you have any information about the attacks, contact Crosby Neighbourhood Police on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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