Man in court over ‘666’ markings at East Yorkshire church

A man has appeared in court over vandalism at a church.
A man has appeared in court over vandalism at a church.

A man has appeared in court after a large symbol and ‘666’ were marked out on the grass in the graveyard of an East Yorkshire church.

Neil Adamson, 56, was originally charged with racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage following vandalism at All Saints Church in Burstwick.

Police were called to the church on Sunday June 19 when the markings were found.

The numbers marked out – 666 – are described as ‘the number of the beast’ in the New Testament and are widely recognised as symbols for the devil.

During yesterday’s court hearing, the charge was changed to causing racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress by writing or words.

Adamson, 56, of Elm Avenue, Burstwick, pleaded guilty to the new charge.

He was ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation and a £250 fine, plus a £30 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.