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Christmas mass ends in mass brawl.

A PRIEST described how he feared parishioners' lives were in danger when a fight broke out in his church during midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Monsignor Vincent Harvey said heavy chairs were thrown down an aisle at St Edmund's Church, Southampton, during the brawl in the middle of the service on Saturday night.

The priest managed to continue the mass to his shocked but uninjured congregation after police arrived to arrest those involved.

Father Vincent said: "There was loud talking going on at the back but I just assumed some people had had a bit too much to drink.

"But then, about three or four minutes later, there were scuffles.

"Then it was obvious it was more than just a scuffle, there was actually a fight going on.

"The person involved started throwing fairly heavy chairs down a side aisle, endangering people's lives."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 27, 2011
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