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Vandals target ornate church windows

PUBLISHED: 15:17 15 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:45 03 March 2010

BORED teenagers have been blamed today for vandalising a stained glass window at an Ipswich church in the latest of a spree of attacks.

The Alan Road Methodist Church, on the outskirts of the town centre, has been the target of repeated attacks over the last few years but the last few months has seen the attacks on the increase.

BORED teenagers have been blamed today for vandalising a stained glass window at an Ipswich church in the latest of a spree of attacks.

The Alan Road Methodist Church, on the outskirts of the town centre, has been the target of repeated attacks over the last few years but the last few months has seen the attacks on the increase.

Mick Boynes, property secretary of the church, said he believed the latest attack happened on Saturday evening. Stained glass windows were smashed along the side of the building causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

He said: "These attacks have been going on for three of four months. At the front of the church broken windows have been replaced with toughened glass, but the vandals still even manage to break this."

He believes teenagers are responsible and found a large lump of wood in a hedge that may have been rammed into the window causing the damage to the glass and the lead. Glaziers have been called to come out and estimate how much repairs will cost.

Mr Boynes added: "The church runs a youth club and Boys' and Girls' Brigade but some children are not interested and would rather be outside causing trouble.

"Every now and then I get a call from the caretaker with news of more damage. It is usually the side windows that are attacked these days."

Police are appealing for anyone with any information about the crime to contact them on 01473 613500.

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