A vicar was in hospital last night after being attacked in his churchyard by two youths in what is being treated as a 'faith hate' crime.Naturally, certain "community leaders" say it's just, well, boys being boys.
Canon Michael Ainsworth, 57, was kicked and punched in the head as one of the attackers screamed "f***ing priest".
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The incident happened outside St George-in-the-East Church in Wapping, East London.
It has regularly had windows smashed by youths - who on one occasion shouted: "This should not be a church, this should be a mosque."
But some youth leaders and councillors in the community played down the faith hate attacks and said drink and drug problems in the area were often to blame.
Kamil Ahmed, leader at the Ensign Youth Club, based on a council estate close to the church, said: "There are a lot of 14 to 16-year-old Asians, drunk and high on cocaine, wandering round the estate.
"It might be the people responsible for this attack reacted badly to being told off rather than targeting the church in a faith hate way."