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Friday, April 9, 2010

Criminals hit churches

POLICE are appealing for information after two churches in Ponteland were targeted by criminals.
At around 3pm on Monday two youths were disturbed in the office area of the Methodist Church hall in Bell Villas. They fled the scene empty handed.

Between 12.30pm and 8pm on the same day, vandals damaged the external door to St Matthew's RC Church in West Road. They did not get inside the church, but caused damage to the door frame.

East Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: "Although nothing was taken in both these incidents the fact that someone is targeting churches is quite a despicable act.

"Nothing valuable is left in churches overnight and we are continuing to work closely with the churches locally and are stepping up patrols and crime prevention to ensure that we catch who is responsible."

Any witnesses or anyone with information into the incidents is asked to contact police on 03456 043043, ext 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Source: Morpeth Herald