Church's Altar Shroud Damaged By Graffiti

Police seek suspect seen in the area of St Michael and All Angels

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Local police have described the damage to an altar shroud with graffiti as a 'despicable act'.

The incident occured between 2.00pm and 4.00pm on Halloween, Friday 31st October at St Michael and All Angels Church on Bath Road.

Police would like to speak to a man believed to be in his early 20's, 6’0’’ tall, wearing a blue hooded top and blue jeans who was seen in the area around that time.

Inspector Manpreet Bains said, "This was a despicable act; I would appeal to anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Hounslow Police or Crimestoppers."

Following recent acts of vandalism, the vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, Father Kevin Morris, said:
"St Michael's has been subject to a number of acts of vandalism recently: the stained glass windows were broken and an attempt was made to write all over the altar.

"We are deeply saddened by such acts of aggression but are committed to keeping the church open for the benefit of the community.

"At the moment, we are selling Charity Christmas cards so at least the church can still be kept open and has people watching over it."

Witness/Information treated in confidence Hounslow CID 0208 247 6160/5940 or Crime Stoppers 0800 5551111. Please quote crime reference number 0525263/08

November 9, 2008