Leverington Church faces big bill after plague of vandalism

One of the broken windows at Leverington church following a vandalism attack
One of the broken windows at Leverington church following a vandalism attack

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a Fenland church.

Members of St Leonard’s Church in Leverington are expecting a bill of £3,000 to £4,000 to repair a series of windows which have been smashed.

The church suffered a series of vandalism attacks last year – but the damage was made worse during the latest incident, which happened on Tuesday, August 26.

It came after the church had already forked out £43,000 to repair a small roof and is facing further bills of an estimated £120,000 to repair the drainage system and put right water damage.

Friends of Leverington Church chairman, Mary Watt, said: “Leverington church has stood proudly since the 12th century and has been lovingly tended by generations of villagers.

“Sunday services, baptisms, weddings and funeral services have been held here over the centuries and it is a tragedy that, having stood proudly through storm and flood, it is now at risk from mindless vandalism.”

Last year, stone-throwing vandals smashed windows in the tower and stones on the boundary wall, along with poking holes in diamond shaped windows in the preparation area.

This damage had not been repaired when the vandals struck again last week.

Church warden Kevin King is calling on people in the village to keep an eye on the building.

He said: “These vandals are picking on a church which is open for everyone.

“We ended up thinking that the best thing we can do is board the place up – but obviously we can’t do that.”

The church will soon be submitting a grant application to pay for the repairs to the drainage pipes.

The faulty pipes are causing standing water on the roof to leak into the church, damaging the plasterwork.