Volunteers rally after church vandal attack

DOZENS of villagers pulled together to help clean up their church after it was attacked by vandals.

The inside of the church of St Peter and St Paul in Nether Heyford was left strewn with pages from prayer books, items torn from walls and display boards, and other objects after the incident on Tuesday last week.

Pews and chairs were also knocked over, the wooden font cover was thrown to the floor, and a wooden altar cross was damaged.

The altar frontal, donated to the church in memory of a deceased parishioner was also ripped off during the attack.

The Rev Canon Ann Slater said: “On Thursday somewhere between 20 and 30 volunteers turned up and gave several hours of loving labour tidying up and getting things back together.

“We’ve also had some generous people who have already approached us to help with the repairs.

“I think people feel violated that this has happened.

“We used to keep the church open for people to just drop in. At the moment we’re locking it.

“I’d like to see it open again, but quite what happens from here is hard to see.

“If I could speak to the people who did this I’d ask them what message they were trying to send, if any.

“It’s a deep sadness that somebody feels so angry and distressed that they would want to do this type of damage.”

A number of items from the church have already gone off for repairs.

Nothing was stolen during the incident.

Anyone with information should contact Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111222.