Three months on - and still no arrests over church mass brawl

The brawl erupted during mass at Holy Cross Church.

The brawl erupted during mass at Holy Cross Church.

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POLICE have yet to make any arrests in connection with a brawl that broke out during a church mass – nearly three months on from the disturbance, the Star has learned.

The Star revealed in March how churchgoers at Holy Cross fled for safety when a fight erupted between a group of men as Father Colin Fealey was at the altar.

Parishioners were shocked and appalled by the mayhem, in which it was reported candlesticks were used as weapons.

Now nearly three months on since the incident, which took place on Saturday, February 23, a police spokeswoman confirmed they are yet to make an arrest.

It is said to be a “slow moving” investigation.

The Star understands the violence was a result of a “domestic row” that broke out between a family of travellers.

In the week after the brawl, a spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “This must have been very upsetting for the other people inside the church at the time.

“Obviously this type of behaviour inside a church is totally unacceptable, and we are continuing to work to trace those responsible.”

The Archdiocese of Liverpool said those involved in the fight were not parishioners or regular members of the congregation.

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5:51pm Fri 17 May 13

PeterPerkins says...

Where would we be without the Gyspies eh?? I mean the contribution to the community is priceless , guns , mass brawls in churches , scrap metal wagons by the hundreds , and washing pegs. God bless them !
Where would we be without the Gyspies eh?? I mean the contribution to the community is priceless , guns , mass brawls in churches , scrap metal wagons by the hundreds , and washing pegs. God bless them ! PeterPerkins
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