Night burglar at church ‘wanted bed’

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A break-in at St Paul’s Church, Spalding, may have been due to someone looking for a bed for the night, a vicar claims.

Assistant vicar Rev Mike Chesher made the claim after the burglary at some point overnight last Saturday.

Nothing was stolen by the offender who got in through the back gate and an unlocked door at the back of the building.

They then broke the lock to the kitchen door with a broom handle.

Mr Chesher said: “There was no mess, no damage and no vandalism, so we seem to have been protected by an unseen force.

“The only things that were broken were the broom handle and the padlock for the kitchen door.

“I wonder if someone broke in for somewhere to stay for the night.

“If that’s the case then fair enough because I don’t think there’s many places in Spalding where the homeless can stay for a night.”

A Lincolnshire Police spokeswoman confirmed that a forensic examination had taken place and they were treating the matter as burglary.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.