Village church ransacked as vandals attack on day of riots

| August 15, 2011

A VILLAGE church in Northampton was ransacked by vandals on the day riots swept through the nation.

However, police yesterday said that there was no evidence to suggest that the incident was linked to the national disorder but the crime was being investigated.

Offenders invaded the church of St Peter and St Paul in Nether Heyford, Northampton on Tuesday, causing damage to the pulpit, font, lectern and bell tower. The incident happened sometime between 10am and 5.30pm in the 12th- century church, which is left open to the public in the day for private worship.

The parish church is unsupervised during the day and the damage was not discovered until the building was locked up at around 5pm.

Assistant curate, the Rev Andrea Watkins, said the church would now have to close in the daytime.

She said: “It’s just tragic for the community. We keep this church open in the day time so people can use it for quiet time and prayer space but unfortunately for the foreseeable future it will have to close.”

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