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St Mary’s Church in Bridgwater damaged in suspected attempted break-in

A WINDOW of St Mary’s Church in Bridgwater has been damaged in a suspected attempted break-in.

The incident took place on Saturday, May 20 overnight Rev Suse Osmond said.

The following morning she noticed the bottom part of one of the stained glass windows had been broken after a member of the public told her about the damage.

Rev Osmond said: “A member of the public came in and said ‘have you seen your window?’

“They tried to break into the church through the window but nothing was taken. I don’t know what the reason was. Sometimes we have the cash box inside the building.

Photo showing the damage caused to the window (Image: Contributed)

“But other than that, it was just the damage to the window. The insurance will cover that but people are a bit cross about it.

"On the other hand, people get desperate. It would have been better to get through the front door and ask if we could have supported them because that's what we do.

“It is one of those things really. The CCTV was switched off inside the church and we did not manage to see who it was.

“The church is a special place in the town, a special landmark. It will be fixed. The window was only put up in the 1950s. It’s not one of the really old ones, it was a recent addition. Anyway, it is quite a specialist job to replace it.

“A school came in to look at the window on the Wednesday and it is a shame because the bottom part was broken and they could not look at it.

“The window is now boarded up. People volunteer their time and they do so much in the community, and it is sad when a deliberate action damages the building.”


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