Repeated Vandalism of Eglwysilan Parish Church In Wales

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: September 16, 2019

Over the last few months, a church in Abertridwr, Wales endured repeated acts of vandalism, resulting in fears that it will have to close to public visits during the week. Damage included a stolen collection box, a damaged and defaced historic visitors book, in use since the 1940s, a flagstone outside the church was removed, and fire extinguishers were sprayed inside the church, causing both damage and financial burden.

Julia Rawlins, a member of the Church Action Team told local media that “We might be forced to close the church to the public until we have CCTV installed," noting that "the stream of vandalism is quite constant." Rawlins also mentioned that in addition to these larger acts of vandalism there had been a number of petty acts, such as cocktail sticks being thrown onto the ground. “People in the Aber Valley use this church for marriages, baptisms and funerals. It’s very dear to the valley." 

Source: Caerphilly Observer