Vandals have driven church leaders in Gosberton to spend vital cash on CCTV cameras to protect St Peter and St Paul’s Church Hall.
The cash should have been spent on maintenance and restoration of the medieval church, but the latest mindless act – an attempt to burn the church hall doors – is the last straw.
Debbie Reynolds, assistant to the Rev Ian Walters, said the attempt to burn the doors was either to cause damage or get inside the hall.
She said: “The crime was reported and the police were called. During their search of the churchyard, evidence of drug usage was found.
“We have been told that the police team will now increase their surveillance of the church and church hall during the evening from now on.
“The church has also taken the decision to install CCTV cameras in various locations in an effort to identify the culprits and prevent any more damage.
“There are always groups of young people meeting outside the church or sheltering in the church hall porch, which we understand because there is nowhere else for them to meet up in our village. What we do not understand is why some of them leave so much litter and mess lying around the hall and why they cause damage to the hall.
“The money we have to spend on putting things right and to keep the church and hall secure comes out of our hard earned fundraising money that should be spent on restoration and maintenance of our lovely medieval church. The money we will have to spend on CCTV will be a few hundred pounds and is money we shouldn’t have to spend if people treated property with respect.”
Mrs Reynolds was told by the parish council there are similar problems at Gosberton Cemetery and in the park.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting crime no 241 of December 28.
• In October 2013 the hall was daubed with Nazi graffiti.