Eight town churches attacked in spate of burglaries
CHURCHES in towns from Crediton to Newton Abbot have been broken into and ransacked in a spate of burglaries.
The Diocese of Exeter is alerting all its churches to be on their guard after the break-ins, which have occurred overnight over the last two weeks.
Huge damage estimated to run into tens of thousands of pounds has been done to stained glass windows and internal doors and cupboards, as the culprits seek computers and other valuables.
Police are investigating burglaries in Sidmouth parish church, Teignmouth St Michael, Mount Dinham Exeter, Crediton Holy Cross, Holy Trinity Exmouth, Highweek Newton Abbot, Exeter St Thomas and Ashburton St Andrew’s.
Louise Bartlett, senior Church Buildings Adviser for the Diocese of Exeter, said: “In each case, the perpetrator is breaking in through stained glass windows and damaging doors to try and find valuables like computers and projectors. The damage done to some of our historic churches has been extensive.”
“It is very upsetting that our churches, which are at the centre of their communities and serve and support so many community groups and individuals, are being targeted in this way. We are alerting all our churches to be on their guard and do all they can to remove valuables from the premises.”