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Vandals hit Tuffley church letting off fire extinguishers and scattering feathers

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

Trust abused: The Rev David Smith at St George's Church, Tuffley.

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VANDALS and thieves have targeted a parish hall four times in the past fortnight.

In the latest incident at St George's Church, in Tuffley, three Mertens kitchen knives worth £80 were stolen and coffee was thrown around the floor on Monday afternoon.

The culprits forced their way through the front door of the building in Grange Road, which was securely locked.

The Reverend David Smith said: "The hall is used by the community for events, so it is really sad to see this happen. It feels like the trust has been abused."

In the past fortnight, three other incidents have happened, in which fire extinguishers were let off and feathers from pillows were scattered.

Mr Smith said the "significant damage" is costing the church a lot of money but they are determined to remain open.

He added: "We are determined to carry on as normal but each time this happens it is costing us up to £50 to replace the fire extinguishers."

The church regularly holds Messy Church days where crafts events take place to celebrate festivals such as harvest and Christmas.

Mr Smith said: "There are around 3,000 youngsters from the local schools and the majority come to the church, which we love, they are a big part of the community."

Anyone with any information is urged to call Gloucestershire police on 101, quoting incident 336 of January 28. Alternatively information can also be given anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

In some cases Crimestoppers offer rewards of up to £1,000 where information leads to a conviction.

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