Devil of an act rocks Rowville church

| August 16, 2010

KNOX parishioners are reeling after brick and rock wielding vandals smashed in the front doors and windows of a Rowville church.

This is the latest in a wave of vandalism and theft from churches in the area.

The culprits struck St Simon’s Parish between 10.30pm on Sunday, August 8 and 8am on Monday, hurling missiles at the reinforced glass, with one brick still wedged when the damage was discovered the next morning.

“It’s distressing for our parishioners. It’s an invasion of your space, of your place of worship,” said Margaret Biviano, business manager of St Simon’s. Ms Biviano said that nothing appeared to be stolen from the church – “it’s just pure vandalism”. The parish oversees St Simon’s Primary School, which has been vandalised on numerous occasions over the past 12 months, including broken windows, graffiti and a push bike mounted on top of a basketball hoop.

Principal Phil Hesse said he had no idea what motivated these acts, but suspected the assailants were youths walking through the school.

Knox Leading Senior Constable Dean Brain, who investigated the crime scene at the church on Monday, said he did not believe this incident was connected to other attacks and burglaries on Knox churches. “This one’s purely just vandalism,” he said. On July 23 the Boronia Church of Christ was broken into for the third time in six months, with thieves snatching up to $6000 worth of electrical equipment over two nights.

The church has been the subject of vandalism attacks for years.

In January 2009 thieves stole the top half of a cross from the Ferntree Gully Uniting Church.

In March 2008 delinquents scrawled graffiti over a statue of the Virgin Mary and destroyed a garden honouring dead parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bayswater.

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