Lukas Mikelionis, Heat Street, December 15, 2016
Fifty statues of Christ and other Christian figures have been defaced and smashed apart in a crime wave sweeping parts of Germany.
Statues in the Münster region in the west of Germany have been targeted over a series of months – including one of Jesus which had its head lopped off, and many more missing limbs or other fragments.
Police in the area say they suspect a “religious background” to the crimes, but have yet to name any suspects
According to the German tabloid Bild, 40 sculptures had been attacked in the two years preceding the current crime wave.
Police were investigating six men with alleged links to Islamic extremists, but gave up after three left for Syria, one died and the other two dropped off the radar.