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North Yorkshire Police hunt church vandals

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5:21pm 6th March 2012

Police in Catterick Garrison are appealing for witnesses after a local church was attacked by vandals.

20 panes of glass in three large windows in the sacristy of St Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church on Hipswell Road were smashed sometime between Tuesday 28th February and Thursday 1st March 2012.

It is the fifth time the church has been attacked over the past four months.

In December the lower pane of a window at the rear of the church was smashed and in a further incident later in the month four panes in a window at the front of the building were also targeted.

Another incident occurred in January when a window pane at the side of the church was smashed.

Last month another of the church's windows was smashed, possibly by a snowball.

Officers have stepped up patrols in the area in an attempt to deter any further anti-social behaviour around the church.

They have also been making house to house enquiries in the area and are appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible to come forward.

PC Nicola Pattinson, of Catterick Garrison Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

"Unfortunately some mindless acts of vandalism have occurred at the church over the past few months which has caused a great deal of upset and inconvenience to the people who run and use the premises.

"I am appealing to local residents to let the police or Crimestoppers know if they have seen any suspicious activity in the area or if they know who is responsible for causing the damage."

Anyone who can help the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 2 - and ask for Nicola Pattinson.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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