Police Scotland is continuing enquiries after a priest was assaulted in Glasgow on Saturday 7 July 2018.

Around 5.15pm, the 43 year-old priest was outside St Alphonsus’ Church as parishioners were leaving the vigil Mass, when he was spat upon and verbally abused.

The identity of the offender(s) is still to be established, although there are reports of one man who is aged between 20 and 30 with a shaven head being involved in the incident. Officers continue to gather and review CCTV footage from in an around the area for additional detail which could assist them.  Police are also checking a report that a young man was seen attempting to strike the priest with a baton.

Officers continue to speak to members of the community today and all forensic opportunities will be fully exploited.

At the time of the incident, an Orange Parade was passing by and officers are appealing to members of the parade to contact them as they may have vital information which could help identify whoever is responsible for this despicable and shameful attack.

Police would like to confirm that at this time, there is nothing to indicate any involvement of a member from the Parade, however that is one line of inquiry.

Superintendent John McBride said:

“We will not tolerate any form of hate crime and behaving in such a way is contemptible.  I would like to assure everyone that those who choose to react in a sectarian or religiously motivated matter will be identified and dealt with under the law.  I’m deeply shocked that some people think this is an acceptable way to act – it isn’t.  The public can be assured we remain committed to ridding our country of hate crime and the bigots within it who think they won’t be held to account for their actions.  I can tell you they will.”

“From our enquiries carried out so far, we are aware of several people commenting online regarding this incident and I would urge anyone with any footage or information about this particular incident to contact us as the footage could aid our enquiries. I am also appealing to those who were taking part in the Orange Parade, who may have seen the incident as they were walking past, to contact us and pass on any information.  Any small detail could prove vital to identifying whoever is responsible.”