St Mary’s Church in Heworth Raided

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: March 14, 2009

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



St Mary’s Church in Heworth has been once more targeted by thieves and vandals.

This time, a £1,000 computer – donated last year after a previous theft – was snatched from St Mary’s Church in Heworth. The thieves broke through two stained glass windows, leaving £1,300 worth of damage and also taking a printer and software worth nearly £500. This came just days after a previous act of vandalism caused damage to windows. It also follows on from a long string of recent crimes committed in the grounds of the church. These include an arson attack, vandalism and the theft of £350. The Reverend Val Shedden, 52, vicar at St Mary’s said: “We feel as if we’re under siege at the minute and people are starting to feel anxious about going to the church. However, all of this is making us more resilient than ever. I wish I knew who it was who was doing all of this. My instinct tells me that it is possibly someone who is desperate because they went to a lot of effort for little reward when they broke in.” Source: http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2009/03/14/st-mary-s-church-in-heworth-raided-a-fourth-time-61634-23143366/