Van­dals strike at church for a sec­ond time

Middleton Guardian - - GCSE RESULTS - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

ACHURCH has been sub­jected to van­dal­ism twice in the space of two weeks.

Van­dals re­moved sev­eral huge stone flags from the grounds of All Saints’ Church and dumped them in a bin.

The dam­age was dis­cov­ered on Tues­day, Au­gust 8.

Then last week­end a sign mark­ing the grave­yard’s com­mon­wealth graves was ripped to pieces and de­stroyed.

The Rev Jackie Calow, the priest in charge of St Michael’s and as­sis­tant cu­rate of All Saints’, says she doesn’t be­lieve young­sters could be re­spon­si­ble for the van­dal­ism, as both acts would have re­quired a great deal of strength to carry out.

She says the com­mu­nity al­ways watches out for the church and is ask­ing res­i­dents to get in touch if they see any­one act­ing sus­pi­ciously.

The Rev Calow said: “Peo­ple are just re­ally up­set that they can do this.

“I don’t know if they were dis­turbed but noth­ing was taken, It’s the in­con­ve­nience of hav­ing to put them back.

“We have a good com­mu­nity in Rhodes and peo­ple are good at keep­ing an eye out.

“We’d like to thank peo­ple for do­ing that.

“We’d like peo­ple to carry on be­ing vig­i­lant and if they see any­thing, please let us know.”

The in­ci­dents have been re­ported to po­lice.

The torn up sign, the Rev Calow and, above right, re­moved stones

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