'Mindless' yobs vandalise plaques and rip up flowers at Wellington church

Churchwarden Judith Salter says she hopes those responsible feel a sense of shame.

Churchwarden Judith Salter says she hopes those responsible feel a sense of shame.

First published in News Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

HEARTLESS vandals are wrecking a Wellington church and memorial garden.

The 'mindless' yobs are gathering at St John's Parish Church, ripping up flowers and wrecking memorial plaques with tributes to loved ones.

Thieves also ransacked the church. They threw around candles like toys before smashing into the office door last week, making off with a cash box and unopened post.

Churchwarden Judith Salter said: “It is becoming a big concern to us. Flowers are being removed and thrown around and a number of memorial plaques have been vandalised.

“These are mindless acts of vandalism. The public should be more aware of this situation in the hope those responsible feel a sense of shame.”

The church, on High Street, is currently open during the day for people to visit and pay their respects.

But keepers say they may be forced to lock the doors if the destruction continues.

“We are concerned at this increasing activity which is not only disrespectful but also upsetting to those who use the church,” added Mrs Salter.

“We are worried that this will escalate and force us to keep the church locked.”

Wellington Mayor Vivienne Stock-Williams says the situation is of 'major concern' to the town council and hopes offenders will be dealt with.

PC Dwight Schultz, from the town police station, added: “Youths were stopped at the weekend and alcohol was seized.

“We are aware that people congregate in the area and we might possibly increase patrols around the church in the coming weeks.”

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9:31am Thu 7 Feb 13

Thurza says...

This Church is on the main road through Wellington, did no one see or hear anything? More Police on foot are require.
This Church is on the main road through Wellington, did no one see or hear anything? More Police on foot are require. Thurza
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9:39am Thu 7 Feb 13

Thurza says...

Thurza wrote:
This Church is on the main road through Wellington, did no one see or hear anything? More Police on foot are require.
Sorry should read 'required'.
[quote][p][bold]Thurza[/bold] wrote: This Church is on the main road through Wellington, did no one see or hear anything? More Police on foot are require.[/p][/quote]Sorry should read 'required'. Thurza
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11:06am Thu 7 Feb 13

Mi_Coc says...

There is no police presence in wellington most nights and these scrotes know it.

There is no deterant they will not even get their wrists slapped by magistrates.

12 month conditional discharge unless it the 3 or 4 offence. They laugh no deterant.
There is no police presence in wellington most nights and these scrotes know it. There is no deterant they will not even get their wrists slapped by magistrates. 12 month conditional discharge unless it the 3 or 4 offence. They laugh no deterant. Mi_Coc
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4:33pm Fri 8 Feb 13

I Hate CSC says...

Why doesn't PC Schultz call up the other members of the A Team and sort these disrespectful little sh*ts out?
Why doesn't PC Schultz call up the other members of the A Team and sort these disrespectful little sh*ts out? I Hate CSC
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10:50pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Mi_Coc says...

I Hate CSC wrote:
Why doesn't PC Schultz call up the other members of the A Team and sort these disrespectful little sh*ts out?
Cause he is powerless unless they are career crimes with a long list of previous, they will get a 12 month conditional discharge by by thanks for all the polices efforts. You can see why some copper just go to McDonald's for a couple hours. All they can do is arrest people it's up to the courts to Hand down a punishment and all they care about is speeding. Hence why the tax payer is racking up hundreds of thousands in cost hunting down Chris Huhne for the sake of 3 points and £60 fine. Form totting up he would of got 6 months. There are people who have committed tens of thousands in benefit fraud who get conditional discharges. But Huhne will go to prison ( I hope is sour faced ex wife goes to after trying to lie her way out of her twisted revenge plot)
[quote][p][bold]I Hate CSC[/bold] wrote: Why doesn't PC Schultz call up the other members of the A Team and sort these disrespectful little sh*ts out?[/p][/quote]Cause he is powerless unless they are career crimes with a long list of previous, they will get a 12 month conditional discharge by by thanks for all the polices efforts. You can see why some copper just go to McDonald's for a couple hours. All they can do is arrest people it's up to the courts to Hand down a punishment and all they care about is speeding. Hence why the tax payer is racking up hundreds of thousands in cost hunting down Chris Huhne for the sake of 3 points and £60 fine. Form totting up he would of got 6 months. There are people who have committed tens of thousands in benefit fraud who get conditional discharges. But Huhne will go to prison ( I hope is sour faced ex wife goes to after trying to lie her way out of her twisted revenge plot) Mi_Coc
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11:57pm Tue 12 Feb 13

tom norman says...

chris huhne lied to try to dodge the law and just because he is an mp he should not be treated any differant to all the rest of us,if he had owned up before none of this would of happened and proberbly not even made the papers anyway ,so no one should feel sorry for him and it rearly gets to me that mps and other celebs think there above anyone else in this country because there not
chris huhne lied to try to dodge the law and just because he is an mp he should not be treated any differant to all the rest of us,if he had owned up before none of this would of happened and proberbly not even made the papers anyway ,so no one should feel sorry for him and it rearly gets to me that mps and other celebs think there above anyone else in this country because there not tom norman
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