Church wardens close gates after 'foul' incidents of vandalism in Wickwar
THE gates to a small but popular village church are to be closed following a summer of vandalism and arson attacks.
Church elders at Holy Trinity Church in Wickwar have taken the decision to close the gates to the porch of the church after persistent ‘unpleasant’ targeting of the building.
Church warden Sue Barbour, who has had to clear up some of the foul mess left at the church, said: “Sadly, due to some persistent and rather unpleasant anti-social behaviour, including minor arson, and upon advice received both from our insurers and the police, we have had no alternative but to lock the gates to the porch of the church for the next few weeks.
“We apologise to everyone who enjoys being able to freely pop in and out of the church.
But we have no alternative at the present time to prevent further damage and to protect this ancient building.”
There have been other incidents of vandalism reported across the village including damage caused to tombs in the cemetery. A bin was also burned outside Wickwar Youth Centre, damaging the tarmac outside the cente, windows have been broken at the village hall and graffiti was sprayed onto stone walls outside the hall.
Wickwar Parish Council clerk Pat Trull said: “This all costs the parish a great deal of money and volunteer time to clear up the mess.
“Parents, please be vigilant as to where your children are at night. If you find any black marker pens please take them way.
“If you see or hear anything that might be useful, please contact the police or the clerk, we would really appreciate it. Any information might be important.”
The Avon and Somerset beat time for the Wickwar areas is looking into the vandalism. Anyone with any information should call the team on 0117 9455979 or 101.
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