THE WINDOW of a church was smashed by vandals.

Mark Topp, pastor of The Storehouse Church in Dorchester, turned up to his church on a wet morning to discover that a window of his church had been broken.

The window had been smashed, showering shards of glass over some toys and equipment used for toddlers play group.

Mr Topp said: "I have literally just turned up to Church this morning to find that somebody has delightfully put some stones through the window. It isn't the best thing to come to on a wet morning."

Mr Topp said: "To whoever did this last night!! Bless you."

The window was broken in several places and that tiny pieces of glass littered the floor inside where children's play equipment was stored.

Speaking to the Echo, he said: "I think my response is that, we just bless them. It isn't nice, but we have just got to deal with it. It is what it is."

He said that the damage to the toys and equipment from the glass will force the church's regular toddlers group sessions to be postponed. While the sessions were meant to resume after half term, they will not continue until the equipment can be replaced so that there is no risk of harm to the children.

He said: "The equipment damaged is toys and equipment we use for our Stay and Play (toddlers group) that was just about to start meeting on a two weekly basis after half term. That will have to be postponed now. Also, some of our Sunday School equipment has been damaged.

"We will have to check what has been damaged as it’s shattered glass we don’t want anyone injuring themselves so we will have to dispose of it and replace the damaged items through claiming it in our insurance."

A Dorset Police spokesman said: "We were called at 11.58 today to a report of criminal damage to the Pentecostal Church on Cambridge Road.

"It was reported that rocks had been thrown overnight at the rear windows of the church.

"No arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing."