Vicar sets up CCTV to guard Nativity and can’t believe what thug does to Joseph
A vicar whose Nativity scene was plagued by vandals used a hidden camera to film a grinning thug decapitate its life-size Joseph.
Days after Reverend Danny Morrison and wife Ari had installed the models, thieves snatched the baby Jesus doll and hacked off the Virgin Mary’s head.
Rev Morrison then set up the concealed CCTV camera – which captured the shocking moment Joseph was targeted.
He said: “Within a couple of days, Jesus was swiped.
“When Mary lost her head, we hoped it had been blown off by a gust of wind – but it has been taken as well. I am really sad about it. I don’t know who is responsible. It is just a shame.
“I have already forgiven those who did this, although it is a blasted nuisance.
“We still think God will bless those who have tried to ruin it by causing damage. We have nothing against them, although I hope they stop.
“My main concern is the amount of time that it takes to keep carrying out repairs, as we are really busy at this
time of year.”
Rev Morrison and Ari installed the nativity scene outside All Saints Church in Ipswich, Suffolk, two weeks ago.
The footage of the attack on Joseph, which has now been handed to police, was taken at around 11pm on Tuesday.
A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said they are investigating a report of criminal damage.
He added: “An unknown person has entered the churchyard and beheaded a mannequin of Joseph as part of a Nativity crib.”
The Mirror reported yesterday that a baby Jesus figure was stolen from the manger in a Nativity scene at a church in St Annes, Lancashire.
Reverend Christopher Scargill, of St Thomas’s, said it could be returned with “no questions asked” under an amnesty and added: “Christmas is a time of forgiveness.”
A local businessman has provided a replacement until the original is back.
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