Man charged in connection with vandalism spree in Hitchin and Letchworth which saw churches, cinema and sculpture damaged

A man has been arrested in connection with a vandalism spree, which saw the windows of St Mary's Chu

A man has been arrested in connection with a vandalism spree, which saw the windows of St Mary's Church in Hitchin damaged. - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth man has been charged in connection with a vandalism spree which saw two churches, a sculpture and a cinema damaged.

Christopher Battison, who lives in Pixmore Avenue, was charged yesterday with seven counts of criminal damage in August, including smashing a stained glass memorial to the fallen of the First World War at St Mary’s Church in Hitchin.

The charges also relate to the smashed windows at St Paul’s Church, as well as paint thrown in the foyer of the Broadway Cinema and paint hurled over the bronze statue of Sappho in Howard Park Gardens – all of which took place over a 24-hour period.

The 38-year-old – who was arrested for the incidents on Thursday, August 27 – has been bailed to appear at Hatfield Remand Court on Friday, October 9.


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