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Criminal damage at churches in Tring and Aldbury

Police

11:32am 18th January 2018

Offensive graffiti on a tomb and a damaged cross is just some of the criminal damage that's been carried out at churches in Tring and Aldbury.

What happened?

  • Between 9am on Wednesday, January 10 and 2pm on Saturday, January 13 offensive graffiti was written on a tomb and in a visitors’ book situated within St John the Baptist Church in Aldbury. A figure was also stolen from a Nativity scene.
  • It follows a similar incident at the church on Thursday, December 7. On that occasion damage was also caused to bibles, pictures and books.
  • In Tring, between midday and 5pm on Sunday, December 17, damage was caused to a cross inside the parish hall.
  • The incidents are currently being linked by police.

PC Donna Horwood, from the Dacorum Community Safety Unit, said:

“We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and enquiries are continuing to trace those responsible for causing the damage. I would urge anyone with information to please get in touch.

“I would also ask people to remain vigilant; if you witness any suspicious activity around churches please call police straight away.”

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact PC Horwood via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference D3/18/30. You can also report information online at https://www.herts.police.uk/Report 

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

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