Yobs smash Christmas Nativity crib in Oswaldtwistle

Blackburn Citizen: 'Gav' was spray painted on the Nativity Scene 'Gav' was spray painted on the Nativity Scene

VANDALS who spray painted and flipped over a Nativity scene in Oswaldtwistle have been branded ‘idiots’.

The word ‘Gav’ was sprayed in red across the front of the wooden manger before it was overturned, scattering the ornamental figurines inside it at some point on Tuesday night or yesterday morning.

Store manager Harprit Singh said: “I think it’s pathetic. Have kids got nothing better to do than wreck stuff?”

It is hoped a camera outside the shop, which overlooks the Nativity crib in  Jubilee Gardens will have caught the yobs on film.

Mark Pemberton, owner of HomeTone, said: “Kids don’t really hang around there in the winter because it’s cold, but in the summer it can be bad. 

"The police try and shift them on but there can be as many as 30 or 40.”

Passer-by Carol Done said: “It was nice here on Tuesday because I saw it. What a shame.”

The incident was the second act of vandalism to Christmas decorations in Hyndburn in just four days.

On Friday night, Christmas tree lights in Parker Street, Rishton, were damaged after cables were ripped out.

Coun Peter Britcliffe said: “There has been some minor vandalism in the past but nothing like this. This is an absolute disgrace.

"I only hope that a CCTV camera across the way was working and there are some good images. The perpetrators of this vile act should be dealt with severely.”

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12:49pm Thu 5 Dec 13

useyourhead says...

I'm sure being branded idiots will stop them, not.
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should actually brand them :)
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or better yet, catch them and make them stand in for the nativity characters for two hours a day till xmas.
I'm sure being branded idiots will stop them, not. - should actually brand them :) - or better yet, catch them and make them stand in for the nativity characters for two hours a day till xmas. useyourhead

12:52pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Stone Island: says...

Why am I not surprised? It happens every year. Little s***s need a bloody good hiding.
Why am I not surprised? It happens every year. Little s***s need a bloody good hiding. Stone Island:

1:27pm Thu 5 Dec 13

vicn1956 says...

"Dealt with severely?"
Wake up!
"Dealt with severely?" Wake up! vicn1956

3:06pm Thu 5 Dec 13

mavrick says...

Why do we bother? no respect, no penalty if they are caught. let's just forget the whole idea of trimming up for christmas and accept we have moved on to a worse place.
Why do we bother? no respect, no penalty if they are caught. let's just forget the whole idea of trimming up for christmas and accept we have moved on to a worse place. mavrick

5:47pm Thu 5 Dec 13

mrdd186 says...

mavrick wrote:
Why do we bother? no respect, no penalty if they are caught. let's just forget the whole idea of trimming up for christmas and accept we have moved on to a worse place.
I under stand you saying why do we bother, but if we don't they win that's not right, find the yobs go in there bedrooms and smash there platstation and xbox etc it will stop it, lets stop treating them with kid gloves its not working
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: Why do we bother? no respect, no penalty if they are caught. let's just forget the whole idea of trimming up for christmas and accept we have moved on to a worse place.[/p][/quote]I under stand you saying why do we bother, but if we don't they win that's not right, find the yobs go in there bedrooms and smash there platstation and xbox etc it will stop it, lets stop treating them with kid gloves its not working mrdd186

6:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Mr Blunt says...

What a bunch of simpletons ..... !!!
What a bunch of simpletons ..... !!! Mr Blunt

6:43pm Thu 5 Dec 13

phil kernot says...

Bet when the rat gets caught bet he's dragged up like by a shameless family
Bet when the rat gets caught bet he's dragged up like by a shameless family phil kernot

7:34pm Thu 5 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

I can't help but think that if these were religious items that were vandalised during Eid then it would be a religiously motivated hate crime and large investigation undertaken.

No mention in this article about Police looking into it ?
I can't help but think that if these were religious items that were vandalised during Eid then it would be a religiously motivated hate crime and large investigation undertaken. No mention in this article about Police looking into it ? You're not mugging me off that easily

11:49pm Thu 5 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

Oh no !!
Not
Oh no !! Not 3 for 10p

11:55pm Thu 5 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

Oh no !!

Not tipping over the nativity scene, that is a terrible crime. Society needs protecting from these people. Quick, Stop all police leave, put out a all ports warning, the Mafia could be behind this one. :-)
Oh no !! Not tipping over the nativity scene, that is a terrible crime. Society needs protecting from these people. Quick, Stop all police leave, put out a all ports warning, the Mafia could be behind this one. :-) 3 for 10p

4:23pm Sun 8 Dec 13

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
I can't help but think that if these were religious items that were vandalised during Eid then it would be a religiously motivated hate crime and large investigation undertaken.

No mention in this article about Police looking into it ?
I imagine you could class it as a religiously motivated hate crime if only Christians celebrated Christmas these days.

Play a game over the holidays of "when was the last time you went to church" and see how many people are able to even say "within the last year" but will still tuck in to a turkey lunch.

To call Christmas a religious holiday in 2013 is laughable, it's a festive holiday not a religious one for 99% of people.
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: I can't help but think that if these were religious items that were vandalised during Eid then it would be a religiously motivated hate crime and large investigation undertaken. No mention in this article about Police looking into it ?[/p][/quote]I imagine you could class it as a religiously motivated hate crime if only Christians celebrated Christmas these days. Play a game over the holidays of "when was the last time you went to church" and see how many people are able to even say "within the last year" but will still tuck in to a turkey lunch. To call Christmas a religious holiday in 2013 is laughable, it's a festive holiday not a religious one for 99% of people. HelmshoreMan2010

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