Plea issued following vandals’ attack on church

| May 5, 2010

MEMBERS of an Aberdeen kirk session have appealed for the support of people in its community after vandals targeted their church.

Parishioners at Mastrick Church arrived at the Greenfern Road building on Monday to find seven windows had been smashed.

Grampian Police are now hunting the vandals, and both the force and the kirk session have appealed for people to come forward with information.

Minister Lesley Risby said: “We have spates of vandalism and it has been a thorn in our side for a very long time.

“Unless we turn our church into a fortress with 12ft walls I do not know what we can do.”

The kirk’s property convener, Rose Clayton, said: “The church is a focal point for our community, and we need the community’s help now.

“Somebody must have seen or heard something that can help the police.”

Constable Gavin Fleming, who is leading the investigation, said: “Targeting a church in the heart of the community causes distress and annoyance.

“I would ask that anyone who has seen anyone suspicious loitering near the church or who has any other information about this matter to come forward and contact us.”

The windows were smashed between 2pm on Sunday and 7am on Monday.

Anyone with any information can contact police on 0845 600 5700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 to remain anonymous.

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