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Donation box smashed and raided at Grantham church

Police have launched an investigation after money was stolen from a collection box at St Wulfram's Church, Grantham, yesterday.

The church's Alms Box, which is where donations are collected for the church and community, was smashed between 1.30pm and 3pm yesterday afternoon.

It's believed that the box was smashed using a stone wrapped in a scarf which may have been taken from the 'Church Keep Warm' charity rail.

Father Stuart Cradduck is in disbelief that someone would come into the church to steal.

He said: "Whilst not a huge amount of money was taken, we are very sad that those involved felt they needed to cause damage and steal from the church.

"It costs £500 per day to simply keep St Wulfram's open. Despite the assumptions of many, we, as every church need to raise money each year to send to the central church authorities and do not receive any government or central church subsidies or grants.

"The cost of keeping St Wulfram's open fall upon the generosity of those who attend each week and from the many events we hold in the church. Alongside simply keeping the building open and welcoming, St Wulfram's is very proud that it gives over £5000 away each year and we set aside a certain amount of money each year to help the most vulnerable in society."

The box has been sent for repair.

A police spokesman said: "Incident 272 of yesterday was reported at 3.40 and refers to the theft of the Alms box between 1.30 and 3 pm.

"The box, made of glass, was situated inside the church. The box is regularly emptied and did not contain very much cash.

"We are investigating offences of theft and criminal damage."


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