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St Michael and All Angels church in Walthamstow held a ceremony yesterday to celebrate the arrival of a replacement Christ statue
Vandals who destroyed a statue of Jesus Christ outside a church were "mindless thugs", the mayor of Waltham Forest has said.
The statue in the grounds of St Michael and All Angels Church in Northcote Road, Walthamstow, has stood damaged for months following the latest attack.
A ‘rededication’ ceremony was held yesterday at the church to bless a replacement statue and celebrate its arrival.
After attending the event, Waltham Forest Mayor, Councillor Nadeem Ali, said: “The thugs responsible for the vandalism should understand that in Waltham Forest we will not be bowed by such acts of violence.
“No matter what our faith, the mindless desecration of a place of worship is looked down upon by all right-minded individuals in society and rather than tearing us apart, it only serves to bind us together more strongly as a community.”
The statue of the crucifixion, known as a calvary, was damaged beyond repair in January - six years after vandals smashed it for the first time.
That original statue was thought to have been over 100 years old.
But Vicar Father Alex Summers said: “We are delighted at St Michael’s that so many have come together in the community for the rededication of our calvary; an important symbol of our Christian presence in the community and focus of hope and prayers.”
The £2,000 cost of the replacement was covered by insurance, with donations to the church helping with the the excess and other costs.
It is not known who vandalised the statue.
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