A Reverend has told of his horror at finding his church smashed to pieces.
Rev Peter Ennion and a group of parishioners worked into the early hours of Sunday morning in an attempt to repair some of the £10,000 damage caused by suspected vandals at The Church of the Holy Cross, Blackpool.
Police were called to the church on Central Drive after windows were smashed and religious statues broken on Saturday.
Among the items damaged or destroyed were parts of the Stations of the Cross, four windows smashed and the arms of a statue of Jesus on the crucifix were also broken off.
The church is now anticipating a costly bill to pay for specialists to repair the ornate plaster of the Stations of the Cross, repair windows and replace other holy items which bore great sentimental value.
Rev Ennion said: “It was a shock to everyone really. It’s just sad.
“People think a lot of this church and when they see things like that happen it’s not just the shock, it’s the sadness it causes.
“Some of the damage is to things given in someone’s memory and the Stations of the Cross are quite ornate.”
And it is not the first time the Reverend has had to contend with vandals after his other church, St Mary’s, was repeatedly targeted by vandals who smashed windows.
The church on Stonycroft Avenue, South Shore, was hit more than 50 times over 18 months, between 2012 and 2013, costing the church £100 each time to repair the windows which dated back to when it was first built in the 1930s.
n Michael Brown, 29, of St Heliers Road, South Shore, has been charged with with causing religiously aggravated damage at The Church of the Holy Cross on March 29.
The plumber has been bailed to reappear before magistrates at a date to be confirmed.