Sadness after church attacked by vandals

Dorset Echo: Rev Deb Smith with the stones that were thrown through the window  Picture: FINNBARR WEBSTER Rev Deb Smith with the stones that were thrown through the window Picture: FINNBARR WEBSTER

CHURCH leaders in Weymouth are devastated after brick-throwing yobs targeted their building twice in a week.

‘Irreplaceable’ stained glass was damaged in the attack on the East Window at All Saints Church in Wyke Regis.

Three holes were made by small bricks which were ‘thrown at great force’.

Police are investigating and will be visiting local schools as part of their inquiries.

Witnesses and anyone with information is being urged to come forward.

The Vicar of Wyke Regis, the Rev Deb Smith, said the vandals had ‘struck out at the community’ as All Saints is deeply rooted in the area.

The prominent East Window, behind the altar, dates from Victorian times and contains detailed biblical illustrations and an inscription.

Mrs Smith said: “We are devastated. It has happened twice in a week “The East Window is beautiful and irreplaceable and the church is a landmark. We’re part of the community here and we see this as someone striking out at the community.

“I am shocked and saddened. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my time here.”

Mrs Smith said someone was working in the church the second time missiles were thrown at the windows but no-one was outside when he went to look.

A small red brick which had been thrown through the window landed halfway up the chancel so it must have been ‘thrown at great force’, said Mrs Smith.

Churchwarden Gary Hepburn said the repairs would cost ‘several thousand pounds.’ He said: “The people who did this may have thought they had just broken a window but we’re talking about a detailed repair job to replace graphics and detailed script.

“We’ll have to get a specialist company in and they’ll probably have to use scaffolding because one of the holes is quite high up. The fact is though whatever will replace it will be modern material. The original glass is broken and gone forever.

“The other problem we face is that once it’s replaced they could come along and do it again.”

Mr Hepburn urged people to be vigilant when walking near the church.

The first attack happened about 4.30pm on Friday, January 10. The second incident was at the same time on Thursday, January 16.

Anyone with information can contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting crime number C1452143.

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7:32am Sat 18 Jan 14

JamesYoung says...

It really is about time we brought back the stocks.
It really is about time we brought back the stocks. JamesYoung

11:08am Sat 18 Jan 14

MaidofDorset says...

Any fingerprints on the bricks thrown through the window? Even if they had no criminal record now, they could in the future. I'm sick of people thinking that this kind of thing is just a little petty vandalism and boys will be boys.
Any fingerprints on the bricks thrown through the window? Even if they had no criminal record now, they could in the future. I'm sick of people thinking that this kind of thing is just a little petty vandalism and boys will be boys. MaidofDorset

12:33pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Frankie Boy2013 says...

Its really sad I used to go there to learn bell ringing. I would tie the culprits to the clapper of the heaviest bell and start to ring the bell.... They deserve it. No mercey for these deeds!
Its really sad I used to go there to learn bell ringing. I would tie the culprits to the clapper of the heaviest bell and start to ring the bell.... They deserve it. No mercey for these deeds! Frankie Boy2013

2:57pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Dorset Boy says...

JamesYoung wrote:
It really is about time we brought back the stocks.
And public birching
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: It really is about time we brought back the stocks.[/p][/quote]And public birching Dorset Boy

6:58pm Sat 18 Jan 14

jmc1 says...

MaidofDorset wrote:
Any fingerprints on the bricks thrown through the window? Even if they had no criminal record now, they could in the future. I'm sick of people thinking that this kind of thing is just a little petty vandalism and boys will be boys.
Or girls
[quote][p][bold]MaidofDorset[/bold] wrote: Any fingerprints on the bricks thrown through the window? Even if they had no criminal record now, they could in the future. I'm sick of people thinking that this kind of thing is just a little petty vandalism and boys will be boys.[/p][/quote]Or girls jmc1

5:55pm Sun 19 Jan 14

JackJohnson says...

The church is irrelevant in the 21st century. Bricking a church is no worse than bricking someone's house or business..Even so, if they're caught they should be stoned (and I don't mean the chemical kind).
The church is irrelevant in the 21st century. Bricking a church is no worse than bricking someone's house or business..Even so, if they're caught they should be stoned (and I don't mean the chemical kind). JackJohnson

3:20pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Duckorange says...

Dorset Boy wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
It really is about time we brought back the stocks.
And public birching
How about chopping off hands? Let's go Full Shari'ah on the blighters
[quote][p][bold]Dorset Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: It really is about time we brought back the stocks.[/p][/quote]And public birching[/p][/quote]How about chopping off hands? Let's go Full Shari'ah on the blighters Duckorange

12:50pm Fri 31 Jan 14

TRT says...

Duckorange wrote:
Dorset Boy wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
It really is about time we brought back the stocks.
And public birching
How about chopping off hands? Let's go Full Shari'ah on the blighters
Full Metal Hijab...
[quote][p][bold]Duckorange[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dorset Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: It really is about time we brought back the stocks.[/p][/quote]And public birching[/p][/quote]How about chopping off hands? Let's go Full Shari'ah on the blighters[/p][/quote]Full Metal Hijab... TRT

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