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Vandals plunder and damage Grand Place nativity scene

05:54 15/12/2015

Three 20-somethings entered the nativity scene on Brussels' Grand Place at the weekend, stealing the statue of baby Jesus and causing considerable damage to the other props, reports the Brussels public prosecutor. The three youth were released after questioning, but will at least have to pay for the damage caused, writes Het Laatste Nieuws.

A police patrol noticed the three men around 4.30 on Friday night as they threw an object onto one of the terraces of the Grand Place. Upon closer examination, the agents discovered it was the statue of baby Jesus from the nativity scene.

While committing the theft, the three men damaged parts of the nativity scene, including branches of the Christmas tree, some roof tiles and much of the wooden stable. They also destroyed the crib and overturned two other statues.

The three young men, all from Anderlecht, were arrested and interrogated, but later released. They will be held responsible for the cost of the damages.  

Written by Robyn Boyle



Why released ????

Dec 15, 2015 09:34

Aren't they at least going to be fined also?

Dec 15, 2015 12:35

Shame on these young men. They should pay major costs for police time and denigrating a public space. These men should have a police file for at least a year.

Dec 15, 2015 13:07

Doesn't say much for the security presence.
If they hadn't thrown the statue away they wouldn't have been caught.
What else could they have done if they'd been careful.

Dec 15, 2015 14:13