Man in court over £10k of damage

Holy Cross Church - Central Drive, Blackpool
Holy Cross Church - Central Drive, Blackpool
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A man has appeared in court charged with causing £10,000 of damage to a Blackpool church.

Prosecutors at Blackpool Magistrates Court said Michael Brown is alleged to have hurled items through stained glass windows at The Church of the Holy Cross, on Central Drive.

One of the missiles he is said to have thrown, broke the arms off a statue of Jesus on a crucifix at one of the church’s Stations of the Cross.

Brown, a 29-year-old plumber, of St Heliers Road, South Shore is charged with causing religiously aggravated damage at the church on March 29.

The church describes itself on it’s website as a “Catholic worship with a radical edge”.

He was bailed by District Judge James Hatton.

As part of the conditions of his bail Brown was told he must not go with 200 meters of The Church of the Holy Cross or contact the church’s priest, The Reverend Peter Ennion.

Judge Hatton also ruled he must live at his given address as conditions of his bail.

He will reappear at Blackpool Magistrates at a date to be confirmed.