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Vandals target church

PUBLISHED: 00:12 01 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

A TRIMLEY vicar today condemned vandals who smashed a window in his church.

It was the second time the church had been targeted by yobs in five months.

A TRIMLEY vicar today condemned vandals who smashed a window in his church.

It was the second time the church had been targeted by yobs in five months.

Reverend Terry Wells said he could not understand why people would want to cause damage to any church, but he said he was grateful that a nearby stained glass window had not been smashed at Trimley St Martin church.

A 20-year-old man from Felixstowe and a 31-year-old man from the Trimley area were arrested in the vicinity of the church on suspicion of causing criminal damage. They were in custody at Felixstowe police station today where they were being interviewed.

Police made the arrests after they had been informed about the incident by a member of the public at 9.40pm yesterday.

The vandals had used half a concrete breeze block to smash the 5ft by 3ft side window of the church porch, which is made of reinforced glass, similar to the type used on car windscreens.

Mr Wells said this was not the first time his church had been targeted.

"I've been here nearly two years and over the New Year period we had an attack on the same window as was attacked last night. On that occasion they also used pieces of stone from graves to smash the window.

"It's difficult to know if they were trying to break in to the church or just smash a window – I'm just glad it wasn't the stained glass window next to it. That would have been much harder to replace. I just find it difficult to understand why people would do this.

The attack comes after clergy across the county have been briefed about an upturn in incidents of church-related vandalism.

Mr Wells added: "We have had warnings of thefts from the local diocese and church crime is on the increase nationwide. There are no valuables in the church and we don't keep any items of value in the church. All items in the church are security marked with an indelible pen.

"The glass will be repaired today and it seems to have done a good job. They must have used a tremendous amount of force to shatter the glass."


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