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DESECRATION: Reverend ‘disappointed’ after church window smashed in Berkhamsted

 Published on: 6th November 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A vandal smashed the window of a local Baptist church last month.

Reverend Karen Bugg, of Berkhamsted Baptist Church, said that she had arrived at the church early on Sunday, October 22, to get ready for the morning service when she noticed broken glass on the carpet inside the church. It was then that she noticed one of the windows had been smashed.

On further investigation, it was also found that a box of gardening equipment had been forced open and the equipment strewn across the gravel outside.

This is the first time the church has been vandalised, and Rev Bugg hopes it will be the last.

She said: “We’re not angry; we’re just disappointed. The incident has been reported to the police and they are investigating, but we’re leaving it to them. We will be drawing a line under the incident and moving on.”

The church is now searching for a specialised repairer because the church is a Grade II listed building.

A spokesperson for Herts Police said: “Police received a report of criminal damage at Berkhamsted Baptist Church on Ravens Lane, Berkhamsted.

“It is reported that sometime between Friday, October 20, and Sunday, October 22, one of the glass windows was smashed with an object.

“At this time, all lines of enquiry have been exhausted and no suspect has been identified. Should any new investigative opportunities become available, they will be acted upon accordingly.”

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