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Organisations: London police
Locations: LIVERPOOL


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Riot city priest attacked

by Christopher Rails A LIVERPOOL parish priest who lives at the centre of the recent riots in Toxteth was attacked and robbed at his presbytery last week.

Fr Joseph Daley, 59, answered his door to four youths who punched him on the nose and robbed him of more than £100.

Fr Paul Thompson, diocesan information officer, described Fr Daley as "more shocked than physically hurt", but said he was up and about again, and able to say Mass. Archbishop Derek the incident.Fr Daley after he den

Clergy criticise London police — page 3 Earlier, Fr Thompson said of Fr Daley. who is parish priest of St Bernard's, Kingsley Road: "It is a sad and tragic irony that this should have happened to a man who has given so much of himself to the area.

"He has a total commitment to the district and has worked tirelessly for many years in the interests of harmony, goodwill and understanding".

"His is a multi racial congregation, all of whom will be horrified and appalled at what has happened in a church noted for the integration of its members. But, knowing Joe, he will bear no ill will. Few people in Toxteth can match his knowledge of the frustrations and problems of the residents of the area."

During the rioting. Fr Daley kept in close touch with Archbishop Worlock, and accompanied him around the riot area.

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