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Church cameras to tackle anti-social behaviour and vandals

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A church has had to resort to installing CCTV cameras following a spate of vandalism and anti-social behaviour by youths.

Torrisholme Methodist Church on Norwood Drive recently had a double glazed window smashed and there have been numerous broken windows in the past.

Police said in August 2013 there was damage to the roof and in 2012 local youths were causing problems.

In the latest incident a youth captured on CCTV may hold the key to the recent vandalism.

He was captured on camera at the church and is described as white, 16 to 18-years-old, slim build, with dark, short hair wearing a light coloured hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms and dark coloured footwear.

PC Ryan Van Delft of Lancaster and Morecambe Police said: “They have had to install CCTV as a result of the problems that they have been having. Hopefully by taking positive steps to identify the culprits and deal with them proportionately it may deter others from taking the same action.

“We would ask the public to study the image released and I would urge anybody that recognises the individual to get in contact with us.

“I would also appeal directly to the male concerned and ask that he makes contact with us, so that we can sort this matter out in a civil manner.”

The window was smashed at 9.30pm on March 4.

Anybody with any information can call police on 101 quoting Crime Number BB1405540 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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