Didcot church roof damaged by teenagers

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THE tiled roof of a church in Didcot was damaged by four teenagers after they were asked to leave.

St Peter’s Church in Newlands Avenue also had rubbish left in the mailbox yesterday (01) between 4.30pm and 7.40pm.

Mark Stanley, a church keeper at St Peter’s, posted on Facebook and said: ‘This was insane criminal damage to a section of our roof which we have just had restored at great expense.

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“The tiles were ripped off with a tree branch and smashed into pieces and the gutters were ripped from the walls.

St Peter’s Church, on Newlands Avenue, also had rubbish posted in the letterbox

“There were also branches thrown into the doorway of the presbytery and rubbish posted in the mailbox.

“All because some teenagers were asked to leave after being an intimidating presence for our visitors to the Memorial Garden.

“We are deeply saddened by this response to a perfectly reasonable request. If you observed the presence of three young men and a woman on Sunday May 1 between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., please inform the police.

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Thames Valley Police confirmed the incident this morning (02) and have requested information from all witnesses.

To report any information, call 101 or visit the Thames Valley Police website and quote crime reference number 43220187372.

The parish church is a Church of England congregation in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, led by its priest, the Reverend Hannah Reynolds.

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