Ancient Church Covered in Graffiti

The ruins of an ancient church on Sheppey have been covered in racist graffiti

Kent police in Ashford are appealing for information following a graffiti attack on an ancient church in Eastwell, which is believed to have place between 1-15.10.10.

St Mary's Church ruins, at Lenacre Street, Eastwell has sustained thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The ruin, which has listed building status, has images of swastikas, a skull and anti Semitic words spray painted onto what would have been the aisle and exterior walls.

"I am interested to speak to anyone who knows anything about this vandalism." Said DC Matthew Avery. "The graffiti, which is offensive and racial, covers a large area and will cost a considerable amount of money to clean. All graffiti is vandalism, however to do this to a church, even if in ruins, is despicable behaviour."

"To make a church a canvas for spreading racial hatred is appalling." Said Matthew Saunders, director of 'Friends of Friendless Churches' who own St Mary's Church ruins. "We have consolidated the ruins of St Mary's at some considerable expense and to have to spend more money on removing these violent offensive words is not how we expected to have to allocate our very limited resources"

Contact South Kent police on 01622 690690 and quote crime reference FY/16637/10. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.