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Vandals break into family crypt

Created on 13/05/2017 @ 06:56
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Concern is growing over an increased spate of attacks on one of Newtown’s historic sites, including breaking into the Pryce-Jones family crypt.

Police have begun investigations into the vandalism and criminal damage to St Mary’s Church in the town centre.

Within the past few weeks vandals have set a bin on fire and smashed open the door to the Pryce-Jones’ family crypt.

“It is understood that these acts of vandalism are happening late at night and Dyfed Powys Police have increased patrols in the area to try and combat the issue,” said a spokesperson for Newtown Town Council.

PCSO Graham Jennings said: “We welcome any information that may help us with our lines of enquiry. This can be done via the phone by contacting us on 101, Crimestoppers or alternatively you can complete an online report form via our website, following the steps provided.”

“We appreciate your vigilance and assistance with this matter.”

Cllr Val Howard expressed her concern for St Mary’s Church buildings and gardens, which is also the burial ground of Newtown’s Robert Owen, the famous social reformer who was born and died in the town.

“Many visitors of our town go to see the church and gardens, to see them vandalised saddens me. This mindless act has taken place on such historic buildings and gardens”.

Photo: PC Vicky Barnes, Cllr Val Howard and CSO Graham Jennings

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