‘Gangland’ graffiti is daubed on old Keighley church

Keighley Shared Church

l Vandals have daubed ‘gangland’ graffiti on the door of Keighley Shared Church

First published in Keighley

Gangland-style graffiti has been daubed on an historic Keighley church.

The damage inflicted on a door of Keighley Shared Church in the town centre refers to the notorious ‘Topend’ gang.

This label has previously been associated with a string of serious crimes in Keighley, including shootings, public disorder and drug-related offences.

Priest-in-charge at the church, the Rev Peter Mott, said: “They’ve just got no respect for the church or for other people’s property. It’ll cost us a lot of money to clean it up.”

Keighley Central ward councillor Abid Hussain branded the people responsible “hooligans”.

“It’s disgraceful,” he said. “Churches are peaceful places where people go to pray. If someone put something like this on my mosque I know I wouldn’t be happy. We’re a multi-cultural society and this sort of behaviour is unacceptable.

“The people who did it need to be arrested, and I hope the police seriously investigate this.”

The vandalism also sparked an outraged response online, with dozens of people reacting angrily to a photograph of the graffiti posted on the ‘You Know You’ve Lived in Keighley When’ Facebook page.

Offenders damaged a wooden door at the back of the building, which faces towards the graveyard.

Mr Mott added: “We’ve had a few problems with graffiti on the church hall – round the back where it’s hidden from view. But we haven’t previously had much graffiti on the actual church.”

He said it was not practical to keep the area behind the church permanently locked, as it needs to be accessible for people attending events in the hall. A police spokesman said on Tuesday afternoon the graffiti had yet to be reported to them.

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8:15am Fri 4 Apr 14

Mixter says...

You cant believe a town littered with cameras as Keighley is, wouldnt have picked something up. Much like the cars - usually taxis, that park outside the Banks by the lights on North street blocking a lane.. Why are these never prosecuted?? The cameras are only yards away!
You cant believe a town littered with cameras as Keighley is, wouldnt have picked something up. Much like the cars - usually taxis, that park outside the Banks by the lights on North street blocking a lane.. Why are these never prosecuted?? The cameras are only yards away! Mixter
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12:46pm Sun 6 Apr 14

abh59 says...

I can understand the outrage at this mindless desecration of a place of worship but the admins of the page had to remove some blatantly racist remarks and it created some name calling from both ends of the spectrum the post attracted some very unpleasant comments, it was finally pulled to stop attracting racist comments when some one posted "lets go do a mosque and see what happens" the admins try to avoid censorship and believe in lively debate but will not tolerate racism crudity bullying or the likes its a fine line to walk often dammed if you do and dammed if you don't delete comments
I can understand the outrage at this mindless desecration of a place of worship but the admins of the page had to remove some blatantly racist remarks and it created some name calling from both ends of the spectrum the post attracted some very unpleasant comments, it was finally pulled to stop attracting racist comments when some one posted "lets go do a mosque and see what happens" the admins try to avoid censorship and believe in lively debate but will not tolerate racism crudity bullying or the likes its a fine line to walk often dammed if you do and dammed if you don't delete comments abh59
  • Score: -4

8:27pm Sun 6 Apr 14

jimmy k says...

abh59 wrote:
I can understand the outrage at this mindless desecration of a place of worship but the admins of the page had to remove some blatantly racist remarks and it created some name calling from both ends of the spectrum the post attracted some very unpleasant comments, it was finally pulled to stop attracting racist comments when some one posted "lets go do a mosque and see what happens" the admins try to avoid censorship and believe in lively debate but will not tolerate racism crudity bullying or the likes its a fine line to walk often dammed if you do and dammed if you don't delete comments
normally they wouldn't just delete certain comments they would close the whole thread down to comments.i log onto the kn pages regular and from what ive seen over the past few days thers only been mixters comment,so im at a loss to explain your post.
[quote][p][bold]abh59[/bold] wrote: I can understand the outrage at this mindless desecration of a place of worship but the admins of the page had to remove some blatantly racist remarks and it created some name calling from both ends of the spectrum the post attracted some very unpleasant comments, it was finally pulled to stop attracting racist comments when some one posted "lets go do a mosque and see what happens" the admins try to avoid censorship and believe in lively debate but will not tolerate racism crudity bullying or the likes its a fine line to walk often dammed if you do and dammed if you don't delete comments[/p][/quote]normally they wouldn't just delete certain comments they would close the whole thread down to comments.i log onto the kn pages regular and from what ive seen over the past few days thers only been mixters comment,so im at a loss to explain your post. jimmy k
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9:15pm Sun 6 Apr 14

abh59 says...

Jimmy k I was referring to the paragraph that stated
"The vandalism also sparked an outraged response online, with dozens of people reacting angrily to a photograph of the graffiti posted on the ‘You Know You’ve Lived in Keighley When’ Facebook page" in the original report didn't make it clear I was that paragraph in particular hope that clears it up for you
Jimmy k I was referring to the paragraph that stated "The vandalism also sparked an outraged response online, with dozens of people reacting angrily to a photograph of the graffiti posted on the ‘You Know You’ve Lived in Keighley When’ Facebook page" in the original report didn't make it clear I was that paragraph in particular hope that clears it up for you abh59
  • Score: -1

9:47pm Sun 6 Apr 14

jimmy k says...

oh ok my mistake ,cheers
oh ok my mistake ,cheers jimmy k
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