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Earlier this year officers from our Safer Neighbourhood team in Melbourne asked for witnesses to damage caused to windows at St Bartholomews Church, Borrowash Road, Elvaston, South Derbyshire.
After the incident the church placed metal grills over the windows to try and prevent further damage, however the team are saddened to hear that there has now been a repeat of the damage.
This new damage, to a window and glass fronted notice board, was caused by ball bearings being fired at the windows between 4pm on Wednesday, June 26 and 1.30pm Sunday, June 30.
PCSO Claire Robbins from the team explained: “We are saddened to hear that there has been a repeat of this damage, particularly as the church had taken steps to try and prevent further incidents.
“It’s mindless vandalism that costs the church a lot of money to repair.
“The church is very close to the Elvaston Country Park, as such a lot of the visitors to the park will walk past the church and so we would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious between those times to make contact with us.
“Because of the previous problems the team try to patrol the area as much as possible but we would also now ask visitors to the park and residents to be extra vigilant and report anything to us as soon as possible.”
If you think you can help, please get in touch with Claire using one of the following non-emergency contact methods:
Please quote the reference number 19*339130 and the name of the officer in the case.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers
on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org