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St Andrews Church and Evesham Town Council join together to condemn further act of vandalism.
The early morning of Thursday 20 June saw an escalation in vandalism following the throwing of flowers and vases in the early hours of Sunday morning.
In what would appear to be a premeditated act, crosses have been spray painted on to two church doors, and on approximately 5 headstones in the churchyard. There have also been 2 phrases spray painted in the car park area which is owned by the adjacent Hampton Community Hall.
The Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Goodge said ‘this is an absolutely abhorrent act that has shocked us all. There can be no excuse for such a callus act targeting an ancient church and headstones. We thought and hoped that the incident on Sunday morning was a one off and looked to focus on the clean up rather than the act itself, however, this is a clear escalation that it is hard to explain. I would implore anybody with any information to contact West Mercia Police or crime stoppers to stop anything like this happening again. I would also ask that the individual or individuals responsible consider their actions and the negative affect it is having on everybody associated with the church and the community as a whole and cease this action'.
Reverend Mark Binney the vicar of St Andrews Church said ‘I am absolutely shocked that a church would be targeted in this manner. This was clearly a premeditated act that unlike Sunday’s incident, will take time to clean up. Defacing headstones and a grade II listed building is absolutely inexcusable and shows no respect for the dead or the parishioners who regularly attend the church. I would like to thank the community for their kind offers to help clean up the spray paint. Given the listed nature of the building it will need to be done by professionals, but the sentiment is very much appreciated. Those wishing to donate money to the church as we consider what to do next can do so through the parish office’.
The Town Clerk Mr Stuart Carter confirmed that the vandalism had centered on and around the church and car park and that there had been no vandalism to the part of the cemetery that had previously been affected. The Town Council were going to put in place a security guard for the next few nights in an effort to deter further incidents. Longer term it is understood that the church will consider what further security measures it can take including CCTV.
The police were once again on site and a ‘scenes of crime officer’ was to attend to see if any forensic evidence could be gathered. The church and the Town Council will continue to work with them as they proceed with their investigation.

St Andrews Church and Evesham Town Council join together to condemn further act of vandalism.

The early morning of Thursday 20 June saw an escalation in vandalism following the throwing of flowers and vases in the early hours of Sunday morning.  In what would appear to be a premeditated act, crosses have been spray painted on to two church doors, and on approximately 5 headstones in the churchyard. There have also been 2 phrases spray painted in the car park area which is owned by the adjacent Hampton Community Hall.

The Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Goodge said ‘this is an absolutely abhorrent act that has shocked us all. There can be no excuse for such a callus act targeting an ancient church and headstones. We thought and hoped that the incident on Sunday morning was a one off and looked to focus on the clean up rather than the act itself, however, this is a clear escalation that it is hard to explain. I would implore anybody with any information to contact West Mercia Police or crime stoppers to stop anything like this happening again. I would also ask that the individual or individuals responsible consider their actions and the negative affect it is having on everybody associated with the church and the community as a whole and cease this action'.


Reverend Mark Binney the vicar of St Andrews Church said ‘I am absolutely shocked that a church would be targeted in this manner. This was clearly a premeditated act that unlike Sunday’s incident, will take time to clean up. Defacing headstones and a grade II listed building is absolutely inexcusable and shows no respect for the dead or the parishioners who regularly attend the church. I would like to thank the community for their kind offers to help clean up the spray paint. Given the listed nature of the building it will need to be done by professionals, but the sentiment is very much appreciated. Those wishing to donate money to the church as we consider what to do next can do so through the parish office’.

The Town Clerk Mr Stuart Carter confirmed that the vandalism had centered on and around the church and car park and that there had been no vandalism to the part of the cemetery that had previously been affected. The Town Council were going to put in place a security guard for the next few nights in an effort to deter further incidents. Longer term it is understood that the church will consider what further security measures it can take including CCTV.
The police were once again on site and a ‘scenes of crime officer’ was to attend to see if any forensic evidence could be gathered. The church and the Town Council will continue to work with them as they proceed with their investigation.

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