Canon’s sadness after Norwich Tombland church is hit by vandals

A Norwich canon has spoken of his sadness after vandals targeted and destroyed a church sign and noticeboard.

The vandals struck in St George in Tombland on Thursday night and Canon John Minns, arrived on Friday morning to find a scene of chaos.

'The sign boards were ripped of their post and spread far and wide,' he said. 'We are going to have to get them completely replaced.'

It was hoped that the perpetrators may be found and that they might have been caught on CCTV camera the opposite side of Tombland.

He said although they were occasionally targeted by graffiti artists, they had not be hit by vandals for around a decade when the church floodlights were damaged.

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'I feel sad for the people of the church, sad for the people who gave the money for the signs in the first place and sad for the people who did it,' he said.

'I cannot see what fun or joy they got out of it.'

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The signs, which were around 5ft by 3ft and 4ft by 2ft were put up around three years ago and paid for through donated money.

'Fortunately the church is insured, but in the mean time they are going to have to be remade and we will have to wait for them to be done.'

The signs provided information about services as well as a notice board with event information.

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