Police have urged residents to be wary of attacks on places of worship after callous crooks caused ‘significant mindless damage’ while burgling a Grade I, 14th century church last night.
The offenders also made several attempts to set items on fire after breaking into All Saints’ Church, Croft, sometime between Friday evening and this morning (Saturday).
Father Bryant Bechtold said he was saddened by the crime and the disregard shown towards a building of great history and heritage.
“I think it’s a very sad state of affairs,” he said.
“I come from the United States and we don’t have medieval churches like this, so what really bothers me, more than anything, is not just the vandalism, but the callous attitude that people have towards their heritage.
“Churches are part of England’s identity and for people to treat them with such disregard as though it doesn’t matter at all is quite a shame.”
PC Andrew Price reported that a forensic examination was in progress earlier today and has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
“It is suspected that this may be a localised incident, however please may I make you aware and advise that until further information is established, extra attention is paid to churches and place of worship including church halls,” he said.
Any suspicious activity should be reported via 101 or 999 if it is in progress.