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06 January 2011

Dangerous: a display of imitation crossbows in a shop window in Bradford — the city where the self-styled “crossbow cannibal”, Stephen Griffiths, killed three women — has been condemned by a Fresh Expressions missioner to the city centre, the Revd Chris Howson (above), as “extremely distasteful”, writes a staff reporter. “People are horrified that someone would try to cash in on these murders, which were so distressing to the people of Bradford,” he said. The display in the newsagents and novelty shop was put up at the same time as the trial of Mr Griffiths, who last month was jailed indefinitely for the murders. Mr Howson said that he had spoken to the owner of the shop, and had been told that the display would come down. “The window was shuttered for a few days, but has since re-opened, and the crossbows are still there. “There is nothing the police can do — it is not illegal; but it is very frustrating. I would ask the shop owner to think again about the public perception of Bradford and his contribution to it.” People in the area are determined to keep up the pressure to get the weapons withdrawn, he said


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