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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Thieves smash church's World War One window

A World War One remembrance window in a Maryport church has been smashed by vandals.

Sometime overnight on Saturday thieves attempted to break into the back of St Mary’s Church on Netherhall Corner.

When they failed, they tried to get in by smashing the stained glass window donated by the parents of Major Dr Jon Devon-Proud, who died in the Great War.

The Rev Susan McKendrey said she hoped the would-be thieves did not realise the significance of the window.

She said: “If they did, it is just horrible that they would deliberately break it, especially during this year when we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war.”

She said it was not certain what the thieves were after.

Mrs McKendry added: “We don't keep anything of real value in the church. It might have been that they were looking for lead.”

She said she was not sure how much it would cost to replace the window but it “would not be cheap.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.


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