Yobs as young as 12 in attack on church
LAMP SMASHED, BIBLE BURNED AND CIGARETTES SMOKED IN STORAGE ROOM
YOUNG yobs have set fire to a Bible, smashed a church’s lamp and lifted out its gates in a series of attacks.
The children, thought to be as young as 12, have also broken into the Rolvenden church store room to smoke cigarettes.
Their actions have been condemned as “desecration” by the churchwarden and “despicable” by the police.
Now the churchwarden at St Mary the Virgin is demanding parents control their children.
Richard Coleman said: “They got inside the church and set light to a page on the Bible on the lectern.
“They just burned a corner of a page, but it is still desecration.
“I think half the trouble is the parents – they should control their children.”
The church has been subject to a series of attacks and intrusion over the past two weeks.
Twice they lifted a wooden side gate off its hinges and threw it into a hedge and then lifted off a front gate.
The gates have now been screwed down to prevent this happening again.
Then they smashed the glass from a Victorian lamp and broke into an old boiler room, now used for storage, to smoke cigarettes.
They have left the room littered with crisp packets and soft drink cans.
A church notice on the door telling of times of services has also been burned. Mr Coleman added: “The church is not locked during the day and it was because of that that they got in and set fire to the page of the Bible.”
“I think when these kids come home from school they are bored and wander over to the churchyard.”
The church has reported these incidents to police, who are investigating.
An Ashford police spokesman said: “We have received reports of several incidents at Rolvenden church.
“Officers who have dealt with these incidents have described them as despicable.
“Police are continuing with their inquiries to find out who is responsible.”
The smashed lamp in the churchyard