Heartless vandals hit town’s church

Janet Julian, the President of the Lowmoor Road Spiritualist Church, pictured in the kitchen where intruders broke into the Kirkby church recently.
Janet Julian, the President of the Lowmoor Road Spiritualist Church, pictured in the kitchen where intruders broke into the Kirkby church recently.

The congregation at a Kirkby church is fuming after the building was broken into following a recent refurbishment.

Volunteers at Bethel Spiritualist Church had just completed a revamp of its kitchen when a door was damaged and a window smashed at the rear of the property.

Treasurer Sue Hardy said the vandals had obviously targeted the building because of its secluded rear entrance and she feared they would return for another attempt.

“There is nothing worth stealing here,” said Sue.

“As a church we help people in the community who are suffering from loss and grief. We are totally self-funded.”

“These people seem to have no consideration for the fact that people come here because they need help.”

Bethel Spiritualist Church is part of not-for-profit organisation the Spiritualists’ National Union and is run by Sue and her fellow committee members.

She said the church was now faced with the cost of having the window replaced but she feared the same may happen again.

Said Sue: “We had just got everything up and running after the refurbishment.”

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: “We have received a report of an attempt to break into the Bethel Spiritualist Church in Lowmoor Road, Kirkby, between 9.30pm on 17th November and 6.30pm on 18th November.

“The rear door was damaged and a window was smashed, but entry was not gained.

“Enquiries have been made and patrols have been directed to the area to try and deter further crime from happening.”

If you were in the area and saw anything unusual or suspicious, or if you have any information about the culprits, contact police on 101, quoting incident 804 of 18 November 2014, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.