Thieves strike at Deane Church for second time in a year
A CHURCH has been targeted by thieves — less than a year after burglars ransacked the building.
Microphones were stolen from Deane Church in Junction Road on Saturday morning.
Criminals forced open the door and entered before leaving with the microphones.
The break-in at the weekend follows a burglary just days before Christmas last year.
Then, two thieves entered early in the morning and stole a drum kit, microphones, and a “grub tub”, which is used to collect food for Bolton people in need through the Urban Outreach programme.
Members of the congregation spent hours tidying the church after the burglary in December.
“Breaking into a church is different than breaking into anywhere else.
“People have the right to feel safe and that’s their individuals and the property. It is not just churches it’s any place of worship. I think it’s appalling that society can stoop so low. I will be bringing the matter up at the next police meeting. I hope the police can find who did this and deal with them as severely as they are allowed to.”
Speaking after the last burglary, The Rev Terry Clark said he wanted the people responsible for the burglary to realise that they did not have to commit the crime.
He said churches are taking steps to become “fortresses” just to stay safe from thieves.
He added: “All churches are so vulnerable.
“Hopefully, the CCTV will put off anybody else.
“It’s unfortunate that churches have to turn into fortresses to stay secure.
“It’s the nuisance it caused and all the clearing up, not the items taken.”
Anyone with any information about the burglary should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anony-mously, on freephone number 0800 555111.
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