Bala church break in was "wasted effort"

Published date: 10 December 2013 |
Published by: Shane Brennan
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VOLUNTEERS at a planned interpretive centre have described a break in at their proposed home as heartbreaking, writes SHANE BRENNAN.

St Deiniol’s Church in Llanuwchllyn, Bala, is an unused church with no material valuables inside.

A local group, Cyfarchion Llan, plan on leasing the building and turning it into a cultural and historical centre.

Local historian, Beryl Griffiths said: “It is heartbreaking that there has been a break in.

“It was a wasted effort as the churhc is completely empty and has been for some time all they have achieved is to damage a door.”

The last service to be held in the church was at Christmas 2003, since then it has been empty and unused.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses following the break in at St Deiniol’s Church in Llanuwchllyn.

The break in occurred between Wednesday, November 13, and just before Midday on Wednesday, November 27, an offender or offenders caused damage to the vestry doors.

The doors, which lead into a small hallway, were forced open causing considerable damage.

Nothing was however stolen from the disused church.

Inquiries are continuing and officers are urging anyone with information, or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the church on Church Street, Llanuwchllyn, to contact PC 815 Humphreys on 101 quoting reference number RC13194230.

Alternatively, individuals with information can also contact Crimestoppers with information anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Llanuwchllyn County Councillor, Alan Jones Evans said: “It is a concern that somebody has targeted a place of worship and rest and done such damge to a door that has been there for so long. I would say it points to a professional gang that are targeting churches.

“We of course all have to be vigilant and it is a shame that we look at strangers around the place with a suspicious eye.”

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