Recurrent Vandalism and Damages in Dielheim Church

Country: Germany

Date of incident: June 22, 2023

The glass of a candlestick was broken as were numerous candles, the contents of a first-aid kit were scattered on the floor, a holy water font was emptied and self-painted pictures of the first communion soaked with water in a large-scale act of vandalism in the St-Cyriak-Kirche in Dielheim, discovered on the 22nd of June. The damage is estimated to be around 3000 euros. This current case of vandalisation has moved the parish council to go to the police and limit the opening hours of the church. The church has seen smaller acts of vandalism before, including broken windows or candles, but something of this scale hasn't occurred since 2017.

In 2017, the organ was badly damaged by vandals, numerous pipes were bent or partly trampled on. 


Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung about the current vandalisation

Police report in Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung about the organ vandalisation in 2017