Hinxton church attacked by vandals

PUBLISHED: 13:29 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:41 31 May 2010

A CHURCH in Hinxton has been subjected to numerous acts of vandalism and theft. A neighbour of St Mary and St John s Church discovered a number of items, including candles, ceramics and a brass collection plate, strewn about the snow outside the church af

A CHURCH in Hinxton has been subjected to numerous acts of vandalism and theft.

A neighbour of St Mary and St John's Church discovered a number of items, including candles, ceramics and a brass collection plate, strewn about the snow outside the church after the incident on Friday February 6.

Church warden, Andrew Walker, said: "I was called early on Saturday morning and told that church property was lying in the road - thankfully a kind neighbour had picked most of it up and was looking after it."

The church's three fire extinguishers were stolen and discharged outside the building - two of the empty canisters were returned. A bottle of wine was also stolen.

"We've never had a problem like this before, it was such an unpleasant and unnecessary act," said Mr Walker.

"That same evening a car in the village was vandalised, so it's possible they were connected."

In total more than £150 worth of damage was done to the church. It is believed the thieves entered through an insecure front door between 9.30pm and 10.30pm.

Det Con Colin Troll from Sawston CID said: "This was theft and mindless vandalism at a pleasant village church and I am keen to catch those responsible.

"Anyone with information about the incident or who saw anything suspicious in the area on that night should contact the police."

DC Troll can be contacted on 08454 564564, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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