Vandals set fire to church banner and altar
Vandals who broke into a historic Lincolnshire church destroyed a unique religious banner and charred a 500-year-old wooden altar.
The fires were started after intruders climbed on to the roof of the 14th century All Saints' Church in Croft, near Skegness, and went down the tower steps into the main building.
The banner and altar were burned and a glass collection bowl and a glass picture frame smashed in the overnight raid on the Pinchbeck Lane church.
American-born priest-in- charge Father Bryant Brechtold condemned the culprits.
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"The Lady Chapel banner was completely burned, the wooden altar which dates back 500 years was charred and the print of The Light of Christ of an original which hangs in St Paul's Cathedral was smashed," said Father Bechtold.
"And, although there wasn't much money in the large glass collection bowl in the church entrance, it was left behind when the bowl was smashed.
"All the brass candlesticks and crosses stored in the tower were just ignored. It's obvious that whoever is responsible just wanted to commit mindless vandalism and not theft."
Police were called on Saturday, August 17, when the damage was discovered.
Investigating officer PC Andrew Price said: "The offenders caused significant mindless damage inside the church, including several attempts at setting items on fire.
"Churches in the area have been contacted to take additional security precautions."
Anyone with information can call 101, quoting incident 125 of August 17.