Letchworth man sectioned under the Mental Health Act after St Mary’s summer attacks in Hitchin

The damage inflicted at St Mary's Church Hitchin

The damage inflicted at St Mary's Church Hitchin - Credit: Archant

A man who was arrested after churches in Hitchin and Letchworth were damaged in August has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The attacks, which both occurred on August 27, saw a stained glass memorial to the fallen of the First World War badly damaged at St Mary’s Church, with a total of £10,000 worth of damage inflicted on the iconic Hitchin building.

The Letchworth man was also arrested in connection with further attacks in his home town which saw windows at St Paul’s Church in Pixmore Way smashed, and paint thrown in the foyer of Broadway Cinema in Eastcheap, as well as onto the bronze statue of Sappho in Howard Park and Gardens.

Speaking yesterday, a police spokesman said: “We can confirm the case will be referred to the mentally disordered offender panel who will review if he is fit to be prosecuted in connection with these crimes.”

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