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Peterborough village church forced to close after being targeted and nearly set alight by vandals

Police believe the incident is connected to the recent fire at a play park


Church of St Kyneburgha, in Castor (Image: Google)


A Peterborough village church has been forced to close to the public until further notice after being targeted by vandals. The Church of St Kyneburgha, in Castor, confirmed the news in a statement on social media.

The church was targeted on Tuesday afternoon (May 30) at around 1.15pm when it was broken into by a group of people. The vandals also stole candles and attempted to light a fire inside the building, but were unable to do so.

It is believed that they then headed to the Allotment Lane play park in the village to use the candles to set the wooden pirate ship on fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after and were able to extinguish the blaze using hose reels.


In a statement, the church confirmed that it will remain open for services. They added: "We are very saddened to report that our lovely church has been involved in incidents of vandalism and theft. This has been reported to the police and we hope to reopen it again soon."


Cambridgeshire Police have launched an investigation and have urged anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information relating to it to get in touch with them. This can be done by calling 101, quoting the reference 35/39920/23.


Source: cambridge-news.co.uk


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