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Vandals strike at St Elphin's Church in Warrington

VANDALS have attacked Warrington's Parish Council in scenes branded 'disgusting'.

Some of the damage at the church (Image: Supplied)

The incident happened over night and was reported on Friday morning at St Elphin's Church in Howley.

Many of the walls were graffitied with obscene images and wording.

Steven Broomhead, chief executive of Warrington Borough Council, said: “This is the most appalling and disgusting act of vandalism I can remember in my time here.”

The graffiti was cleaned up this afternoon by fast-working teams from the council

With history which dates back the seventh century, a place of worship has been present on the site since around 650AD, and the church was mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1085.

It was a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War and survived a siege attack from the Parliamentarian army in 1643, while cannonball marks can still be seen on the exterior of the building today.

Most of the fabric of the present church is the result of an extensive restoration between 1859 and 1867, during which time the spire was added.

The spire measured 281 feet, and at the time was the third highest parish church spire in England.


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