Derbyshire church trashed by rampaging vandals

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These images show the mess vandals left after trashing and damaging a Derby church.

The incident happened at around 8am, at All Saints Church, in Shardlow Road, Aston-on-Trent, on Monday, September 7.

Windows were damaged and precious items were ransacked by vandals who also stole a small amount of money from a collection box.

The church is to remain closed for the next few days so a big clean-up operation can take place.

Reverend Tony Luke said it is hoped the church can open again by the weekend and described his sadness by what had taken place.

He said: "It's very disappointing and it's not what what we needed. It's just a massive mess that needs clearing - they went on a rampage.

"To be honest there's not been too much damage apart from the windows where they broke in and out but it's upsetting.

"As the intruder ran away a resident managed to get a picture of him so hopefully something might come from that.

"In some ways it could have been worse - nobody has been hurt and that's the main thing. Some things will have to be thrown away and some things will need to be replaced which we could have done without."

The damage in All Saints Church (Image: Reverend Tony Luke)

Officers from Derbyshire police are urging any witnesses to come forward with information.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We received a call just after 9.10am on Monday, September 7, to report a burglary at a church in Shardlow Road, Aston on Trent. The burglary is understood to have happened at around 8am that morning.

“Damage was caused to the inside of the church and a small amount of money was stolen from a collection box.

“The burglar is described as a man and he was wearing a black hoodie."

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Anyone with information should call PC John Stevens on 101, quoting reference number 2*467653.

Peoplce can also contact Crimstoppers, which is an anonymous service, on 0800 555 111. A reward is sometimes offered if information leads to a successful prosecution.

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