Criminals who focused a congregation caused somewhere in the range of £5,000 and £10,000 of harm, before snatching a philanthropy pot containing under £200.

The Rev Nathan Ward said when he landed at St Margaret’s Church, in Rainham, Kent, he found the 900-year-old structure had been stripped. A recolored glass window was additionally crushed.

Police said they were called to the congregation at 07:40 GMT.

Be that as it may, Mr Ward said the break-in “would not hose spirits” in front of Christmas.

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The harm caused to the structure is put at a huge number of pounds

He included: “This is where we particularly think about those whose lives have messed up and would invite a chance to meet with those included so we can help and bolster them.

“We bear no hostility.”

The cheats constrained entryways and cabinets open, stripped the congregation office, and took the CCTV camera.

Quite a bit of Sunday, he stated, would be spent clearing up and expanding security, before administrations continued at night.

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The congregation office was stripped

Mr Ward said the break-in was “especially tragic”, given how old the recolored glass windows were, and that the modest quantity of cash kept in the congregation was intended for philanthropy.

A second church in Rainham – St Thomas of Canterbury in London Road – was likewise broken into. Police were called to that congregation at 09:15.

Kent Police affirmed investigations into both break-ins were progressing, and offered for anyone with data to approach.

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