Vandals threaten to burn down Sleaford parish church

Sleaford Market Place.
Sleaford Market Place.

Vandals have targeted Sleaford’s parish church yet again, threatening to cause a catastrophic fire

St Denys’ Church wardens have been clearing up the mess of mindless vandals today (Wednesday).

There are two places in the church in side chapels for people to light a tea-light candle in memory of a loved one. Someone has damaged one of the flower pedestals and left the flowers on the floor, broken one of the candle holders, lit all the candles and scattered them around the church, leaving four lit on an upholstered chair, threatening to cause a major fire which could have devastated the historic church.

Rev Philip Johnson, Vicar of Sleaford told The Standard the incident is thought to have happened late on Sunday or on Monday morning.

He said: “Nothing major but a lot of mess and melted wax to clear up from the floor and other surfaces, but it could have been worse.

“We are currently reviewing security.”

○ Thieves have also targeted a number of churches in the Sleaford area during the last month.

Police are appealing for information after four thefts from churches.

Small amounts of cash have been taken from money boxes at St Vincent’s in Caythorpe, St Peter’s in Claypole, St Mary’s in Marston and St Swithen’s in Long Bennington.

Police also believe thieves have also targeted St Nicholas in Normanton and St Nicholas in Fulbeck. These incidents are believed to be linked. Anyone who has seen suspicious activity or has information should call 101. Local communities are encouraged to remain vigilant.