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Antique statue stolen from Caister church found

| May 24, 2014 | 0 Comments



Rev Tim Thompson, rector at Holy Trinity Church in Caister, said the 17th century marble bust of William Crowe was toppled from its plinth during a daylight raid almost two weeks ago. The theft had damaged the “historic identity” of the seaside community, he said. But, thanks to church property being recorded, the bust has […]




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Security stepped up at Barnoldswick church after vandalism

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments



A CHURCH is set to install security cameras and lighting after a spate of attacks by vandals. Windows at Holy Trinity Church, in Gisburn Road, Barnoldswick, were smashed during the latest attack – the fifth in 18 months. Church warden Mark Williams said it looked like the windows had been smashed by youths playing football […]




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Jewish security group to protect mosque

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments



Jewish volunteer security group Shomrim has offered to protect a London mosque threatened by anti-Muslim violence. Members of the Stamford Hill -based organisation met mosque leaders at the Cazenove Road Mosque and Community Centre , in Stoke Newington, at the weekend. Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Sharer brought the two groups together after a request by […]




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Vandals set fire to church banner and altar

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments



Vandals who broke into a historic Lincolnshire church destroyed a unique religious banner and charred a 500-year-old wooden altar. The fires were started after intruders climbed on to the roof of the 14th century All Saints' Church in Croft, near Skegness, and went down the tower steps into the main building. The banner and altar […]




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1965: Jews in London Organize Souads to Guard Synagogues Against Arson

| July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments



EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS IS AN NEWS ARTICLE FROM 1965.  WE WANTED TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU TO SHOW YOU THAT SECURITY ISSUES IN PLACES OF WORSHIP HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AROUND. Self-defense squads were formed by young Jews in various parts of London today, to guard synagogues against bombings, arson and vandalism of the type that […]




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Assaulted in his church – but vicar will not give up

| June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments



A vicar has vowed to continue his work with alcoholics and homeless people despite being assaulted in his Lincoln church. Reverend Jeremy Cullimore, of St Mary le Wigford Church near the city’s train station, claims he is attacked by addicts about once every three months. But the philanthropist says he is committed to running BeAttitude, […]




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Burglar had knives in Great St Mary’s Church

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments



A burglar has been given a jail sentence for carrying knives into one of Cambridge’s most iconic churches. Kevin Roche, who has mental health issues, stole the kitchen knives from a bed and breakfast and was later found with them in Great St Mary’s, the Cambridge University church. The 42-year-old, who was jailed for more […]




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Drunk set fire to church residence while priest slept inside

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



A DRUNKEN man set fire to a church presbytery risking the life of the priest inside. Connor Holmes pushed salt bins against the front door of St Joseph’s, Murton, and set fire to them “for a laugh”, Durham Crown Court heard. Holmes ran from the scene after the fire caught hold. “He later told police […]




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Nothing sacred, says priest after €5,000 church theft

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments



THIEVES ransacked a church sacristy and stole the entire Christmas collections of €5,000 from a safe. Fr Joe Shire – who is parish priest in Ballyagran, Co Limerick – said nothing is sacred anymore after the community's parish church was targeted on Christmas Day. Thieves broke into the church through a rear sacristy door sometime […]




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Church ups security after toddler escape

| December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments



A VICAR has vowed to make safety changes after a toddler managed to run out into the road from a church hall. As revealed in the Echo earlier this month, two-year-old Lee Wilkinson slipped through unlocked doors and out on to Front Street, Newbottle, while attending toddler group The Little Rascals at St Matthew’s Church. […]




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Outrage as yobs burn Blackburn church cross

| November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments



VANDALS have set fire to a 10-foot cross stolen from a church’s garage. Community leaders said they were ‘disgusted’ and ‘outraged’ that yobs had burnt the wooden cross on land close to Holy Trinity C of E Church in Blackburn. The cross, which was burnt on a bonfire, has been used for more than 30 […]




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Man admits attack at St Barnabas Church, St Paul’s Cray

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



A 56-YEAR-OLD man has admitted he was the masked attacker who smashed up a St Paul’s Cray church and assaulted pensioners rehearsing in the church hall. Six people were taken to hospital after the attack by Malcolm Holland at St Barnabas Church, Rushet Road on July 31. And car windows, the windows of the vicarage […]




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Burglar tried to get into coffin containing body as he ransacked chapel

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments



A teenage burglar tried to get into a coffin containing a body as he ransacked a chapel, a court heard. Thousands of pounds of damage was caused to the chapel when it was targeted the night before a funeral. Oak panelled doors were smashed through, an antique organ was damaged, all copper piping was ripped […]




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Judge warns disgraced Stourbridge church treasurer he WILL be sentenced next week

| September 19, 2012 | 0 Comments



A JUDGE has ruled an accountant who stole more than £525,000 from a Stourbridge church and religious charity where he worked as treasurer must be sentenced for his crimes as scheduled on September 26. Judge Martin Challinor at Wolverhampton Crown Court rejected a request from barrister Jas Mann on behalf of 57-year-old Stephen Methuen for […]




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Former accountant stole £500,000 from church and religious charity while working as a volunteer

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments



A former accountant is facing jail after he admitted stealing £500,000 from a church and a religious charity while working as a volunteer. Stephen Methuen, 57, abused his position of trust while working as a treasurer for his local evangelical church and an international relief charity. A court heard Methuen fiddled the accounts of Amblecote […]




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