Mindless’

PUBLISHED: 14:18 06 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:58 06 May 2010

The damage caused

The damage caused

A church leader has described the vandals who attacked his church at the weekend as lawless and mindless individuals. Four stained glass windows will have to be repaired at a cost of over £2,000 and glass replaced in other windows after vandals attacked t

A church leader has described the vandals who attacked his church at the weekend as lawless and mindless individuals.

Four stained glass windows will have to be repaired at a cost of over £2,000 and glass replaced in other windows after vandals attacked the Baptist Chapel in Bedford Road, Sandy.

Ten windows were damaged and four have such serious damage they may have to be replaced completely.

When the church's pastoral deacon Peter Bourne went to the scene on Sunday morning he found many windows down both sides of the church and at the front had been smashed.

The building, which was completed in 1887, has suffered five times in the past year from vandalism with three attacks coming since February.

After surveying the damage, Mr Bourne said: "The people who do this are lawless and have no respect for the church or property. It is just mindless vandalism.

"They attack churches and cemeteries and just don't care.

"When I grew up we were all told to respect churches and graveyards and now they are prime targets for vandals.

"It seems today's vandals have always got to go one better all the time and have a complete lack of respect for anything and anyone.

"Parents should take more responsibility but you often wonder whether they care.

"I understand Sandy has had a big problem for some years with youths in the town and no matter what is offered to them there is still an element that wants to vandalise property."

Sandy police beat manager Pc Lee Prutton said: "It happened over the weekend and we are investigating the incident.

"This church has been targeted by vandals on several occasions and each time windows have been smashed or damaged and it is very expensive to have stained glass windows replaced."

Anyone with information about the vandalism should contact Pc Prutton at Biggleswade police station on 01234 841212.


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