Earl Cromer sends the following news story (not absolutely current) about the actions of violent “youths” in Bury. He includes this note:
It’s a very strange article, because it reads all wrong — first off you get the impression the “Asian” gang stormed into the chapel to rob it, but all they did was beat and humiliate the 80-year-old warden, who was setting up for the service, and then steal his car keys.
He only drives a Ford Focus, so could it really have been all about the car? At least three men and a hammer? Why risk serious time when you could grab such a car off any residential street with no fuss?
I’d be interested in your thoughts, as I think you’ve posted before on churches, Christians and vicars being targeted in the north of England. Needless to say no mention of this in the nationals (it’s a month old) or any hint at another motive.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much to say about all this. The news from England lately has been so insane that it’s hard to form an opinion. The new owners of the island of Britain are simply claiming their territory, plus the tribute they consider to be rightfully theirs.
To paraphrase Humpty Dumpty: “The question is who is to be master — that’s all.”
Here’s the article from Bury Times:
Hammer Thugs Attack Pensioner Inside Chapel
A CHURCHWARDEN tried to tackle a gang of masked robbers when they attacked him with a hammer as he prepared for a chapel service.
The 80-year-old victim recalled the sickening moment the thugs hit him with the weapon and said: “next time it will be your head”.
Speaking anonymously, the man said he feared for his life when the robbers struck at Gospel Chapel in Benson Street, Bury.
“At first in seemed so unreal, like a prank,” he said. “But it was very real. They could have killed me.”
The victim, from Whitefield, was setting up the chapel hall for a service last Wednesday when he heard a knock at the side door about 7.25pm.
When he went out to see if anyone was there four men jumped on him, brandishing a claw hammer.
“They bundled me back up the steps and into the chapel shouting for my car keys,” he said.
“I resisted and managed to pick up a chair to defend myself, but one grabbed the end of the chair and the others grabbed my arms.”
The robbers hit the pensioner on the knee with the hammer and pinned him down while they rummaged through his pockets.
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“He said if I didn’t give him the keys, next time he would hit me over the head with the hammer.
“So I thought, if I carried on resisting I would get damaged and they would still take the keys. They ripped my trousers, grabbed the keys and ran out.”
The thugs locked the victim in before driving off in his car, which was parked outside.
The grey Ford Focus, registration number NL07 XXY, has still not been found.
The robbers are described as Asian men, aged between 20 and 30, and wearing dark clothing and balaclavas. One is described as six feet tall and the others are of average height.
The victim said: “This was a sickening crime of breaking into the house of God, fighting and robbing. Have they no shame?
“I have been a warden here for the last 50 years and have never seen trouble like this. They are scum, the lowest of the low.”
DI John Mazzolai said: “Amazingly the victim was not hurt though he was pushed around violently. Needless to say though he is left terribly shaken up by this. Attacks like this on vulnerable, decent members of the community will not be tolerated and we are working very hard today to trace those responsible.”
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