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Priest in plea for calm in Crowland as vandalism escalates




The Rev Charles Brown. SG241014-132TW
The Rev Charles Brown. SG241014-132TW

Crowland looked “almost like a war zone” following a spate of vandalism where youths trashed around 20 cars and hurled rocks at a house in a 40-minute barrage.

The Rev Charles Brown, priest-in-charge at Crowland Abbey, is appealing for calm while shocked county councillor Nigel Pepper has been in touch with Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones and Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West in a bid to end the trouble.

Police are stepping up patrols but are asking residents to report incidents the moment they start.

Coun Pepper posted on social media that he was bitterly disappointed to hear of the crime wave that has hit Crowland in the last few days, urging anyone with information to get in touch with him – if they are hesitant to speak to the police – in order for the culprits to be brought to justice.

He said around 20 cars were targeted, mainly on West Street, Broadway and Peterborough Road.

“It was quite disturbing to see,” said Coun Pepper. “It was almost like a war zone to see car windows broken, tyres slashed and cars ‘keyed’.”

Some had both offside tyres slashed.

Vans were broken into and Coun Pepper was also told about an incident where rocks were thrown at a house.

He was also told the vandalism extended to the abbey but Mr Brown said the historic building escaped damage.

The priest is sad to learn about the incidents in town.

Mr Brown said: “For the sake of the whole community, it’s really important that we calm down.”

Coun Pepper is trying to arrange talks this week with fellow councillors in a bid to find a solution.

Police Sgt Rachael Cox, from Spalding Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are experiencing a spate of anti-social behaviour in Crowland and need residents’ support to put a stop to it. In recent days, vehicles have been damaged and windows smashed. We are getting information from the public when these crimes have been committed but we need people to be vigilant and report anything to us right away – it might just stop a crime from being committed.

“You can report to us by calling 101 and we are stepping up our patrols.”

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