Church to get tough to beat ‘mindless’ vandalism

| April 24, 2010

WINDOWS at a Scunthorpe church have been replaced with durable plastic after vandals targeted the building six times in 12 months.

Police have branded those responsible for the destruction at All Saints Church, Warwick Road, Scunthorpe, 'mindless' and churchgoers have been left upset and disheartened.

The extra tough polycarbonate which is now used in place of glass should prove indestructible, but unfortunately this has not stopped vandals targeting the place of worship.

Warden Ian Hilton said: "We've suffered very badly over the past year and eventually the glass was broken so many times we decided to replace it with polycarbonate.

"The latest thing was a break-in at the shed at the side of the church hall on Wednesday this week, there's been quite a bit of damage to it.

"It's very disheartening that the church has been targeted so many times, it's been expensive and all the fundraising we do has just gone on this."

Sgt James Main, neighbourhood sergeant for the area, said: "The Neighbourhood Team are working in conjunction with the church and I would appeal for any witnesses or residents over looking the church who might have information to come forward and either report it to the police or contact Crime Stoppers.

"This is mindless vandalism against a vulnerable property. "If information comes forward leading to the suspects being identified they may well end up in court.

"I would ask the perpetrators to think about what they are doing and how would they feel to have their property targeted in this way."

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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