Image above: the glass entrance to the church has been smashed (Photo by Robin Knight)
Police are searching for vandals who targeted St Nicholas’ church on Chiswick Mall on two seperate occasions, one of which was over the Easter weekend.
The glass entrance to the church was smashed during the first attack, which took place at 6.30pm on the evening of Saturday 27 March. The church’s exterior was attacked again a week later at around 1.30am on 3 April.
After both incidents the suspects left the scene prior to police arrival. They did not enter the church. Easter services continued as normal, as the damage did not get in the way with the day-to-day operation of the church.
Vicar ‘dispirited’ but says response from community has been heart-warming
Father Simon Brandes, St Nicholas’ Vicar, told The Chiswick Calendar:
“The crime has been reported to the police but I suspect there is little the police can do. They have not been in contact with me except to confirm a crime number.
“After the second attack the glass was so badly damaged for safety reasons, we decided to have the glass removed and a temporary board put in place. New glass will be fitted as soon as the insurance company gives the go ahead.
“I’m not sure if this was a genuine attempt to break into church, or just a mindless act of vandalism. What is heartening is the number of messages of support and sympathy that I have received from the local community, including some generous donations towards the cost of repair.
“So although this is a dispiriting event, my heart is warmed by the kind words and generous response of our local community, it makes me all the more determined to keep the doors of our church open 7 days a week, as we have managed to do throughout this pandemic, I want St Nicholas to remain for all who visit us, a place of love, peace, healing and security.”
Images above: St Nicholas’ church
Fundraiser for the church’s restoration
The church is a Grade II listed building. Its tower dates back to the 14th century, and underwent a restoration in 2007.
A fundraising appeal to repair the rest of the building’s 19th century masonry is already underway, but was anticipating costs of £1.1 million. These funds will now also need to cover new damage to the church.
If you would like more information on the repairs, or to make a donation, you can follow the link below:
If you witnessed the incident or have footage and have not yet spoken with police, you can call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting CRIS 0505716/21.
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