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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 September 2006, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Church community's fear and shock
By Alex Robertson
BBC Scotland news website
Glasgow and West reporter

Lesley Tracey, 40, from Anderston laid flowers with her friend Mary Mullen, 53, outside St Patrick's church
Lesley Tracey and Mary Mullen outside St Patrick's church
Anderston is a community shocked and saddened by the discovery of a body in their local church.

Those living in this concrete-clad estate on the fringes of Glasgow city centre are horrified a convicted rapist was working among them.

Some are angry that sex offender Peter Tobin was working next to a school. Others are frightened.

And all are saddened that a young woman has disappeared and a life has been lost on their doorstep.

Angelika Kluk, 23, from Gdansk was on a working holiday in Glasgow to fund her studies in Poland.

Father Gerry Nugent takes everyone at face value - he gives them the benefit of the doubt as he is a Christian man
Lesley Tracey

She was reported missing on Monday.

Ms Kluk was last seen with Tobin, 60, who was working as an odd job man at St Patrick's church where the young Polish student was staying.

Lesley Tracey, 40, from Anderston laid flowers with her friend Mary Mullen, 53, outside the church.

Their card read: "To the Angelika Kluk family, from the Anderston Community."

Mrs Tracey said: "It is terrible, sad, really sad. We were gutted. It's shocking he was working here, especially next to a school.

"The flowers are from the heart, you feel for the family deep down.

'Really sad'

"He should've been vetted. But Father Gerry Nugent takes everyone at face value - he gives them the benefit of the doubt as he is a Christian man.

"How could Father Gerry have ever known?"

The church is now being guarded by police and a sign on the gate reads: "This church is closed until further notice."

Shopkeeper Shahid Raja, 28, at the local Akram grocers said he knew Ms Kluk and Tobin as both had shopped in the store.

He said: "It is really, really sad. I was just shocked. I knew the girl, and the guy came in once a week on the Sunday.

Shahid Raja
Shahid Raja knew Angelika Kluk and Peter Tobin from his shop

"It is really difficult. She was coming in two or three times a week. She was very friendly and used to talk, she was a nice girl.

"He was just a customer.

"There should be more checks, especially when they say they are homeless."

Keith Alshiekhly, 14, laid flowers with his mother Hallah, 40.

He said: "These are for the poor girl. I feel terrible."

His mother added: "I was crying, she just came here to get work and money.

"I have a nine-year-old daughter and she could not sleep, she is scared.

"My neighbours are scared."


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