Van­dals cost church $2000

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Cal­lous van­dals used rocks to smash sev­eral win­dows at Lock­yer Unit­ing Church Con­gre­ga­tion, leav­ing the church to foot a bill for $2000.

The church build­ing on Townsend Street was van­dalised last week, with seven win­dows bro­ken by van­dals hurl­ing big rocks.

Lock­yer Unit­ing Church pres­i­dent Joan Wright said she heard about the in­ci­dent on Satur­day af­ter­noon as church mem­bers pre­pared for Sun­day ser­vice.

“I feel dis­ap­pointed that some­one feels the need to do this thing,” she said.

“All the rocks that they threw are all de­cent size rocks, and to throw some of those rocks you have to be a teenager.

“It’s a sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to us be­cause we’re a small church.”

Ms Wright have re­ported the in­ci­dent to Al­bany po­lice but said no po­lice of­fi­cer had at­tended the site.

Al­bany po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Grant Pol­lard said it ap­peared to be an act of ran­dom van­dal­ism.

“We can find no con­nec­tion to show that it’s a re­li­gion-fo­cus vendetta act upon the church,” he said.

The Lock­yer Unit­ing Church Con­gre­ga­tion has been serv­ing its lo­cal com­mu­nity for the past 50 years.

The church has more than 20 mem­bers and has been an in­te­gral part of the Lock­yer com­mu­nity.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Benson

Lock­yer Unit­ing Church con­gre­ga­tion pres­i­dent Joan Wright sur­veys the dam­age.

Above and below: Dam­age to Lock­yer Unit­ing Church, and one of the rocks thrown.

Glass strewn in­side the church.

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