A high security Christmas Crib is not something you would normally associate with peace on earth nor does it really promote the Christmas spirit.
However, the Alderman responsible for festivities Eric Spitaels (liberal) told VRT Radio 2 that the security measures are necessary.
"We’ve had problems in the past. Either Joseph, Mary or Baby Jesus was taken away or they were vandalised.”
"Last year for example the Virgin Mary was beheaded by vandals. I think that it’s a shame that we’re having to do this, but at the end of the day you need to find a solution to stop this from happening.”