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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Yobs smash Cumbrian church’s Great War memorial window

A World War One remembrance window in a Maryport church has been smashed by vandals.

It is believed that thieves attempted to break into St Mary’s Church, on Netherhall Corner, at some point overnight on Saturday.

They initially went around the back of the building, part of which dates from 1847, to try and force their way inside.

When that failed, church officials believe the would-be burglars tried to gain access by smashing the stained glass window.

It was donated to the church by the parents of Major Dr Jon Devon-Proud, who died in the Great War.

Rev Susan McKendrey said she hoped the thieves did not realise the significance of the window – particularly as it is just weeks since the country marked 100 years since the beginning of World War One.

“If they did, it is just horrible that they would deliberately break it, especially during this year when we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the war,” she said.

She said it is not certain what the thieves were after.

“We don’t keep anything of real value in the church,” Rev McKendrey continued. “It might have been that they were looking for lead.”

She said she is not sure how much it will cost to replace the window, adding only that it “will not be cheap”.

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