A PARISH has been left counting the cost of vandalism after four church windows were smashed in just over a month.

Two windows of the presbytery at St Wilfrid’s Church on Hexham Street, Bishop Auckland, were broken this week after stones were thought to have been thrown through the glass.

They follow similar incidents at the church on Saturday, September 2 and Wednesday, September 27.

Fr Dennis Tindall said: “We don’t know for certain how the damage was caused but found a small stone inside the building but the first time there was just a small in the glass which was maybe caused by a pellet.

“To replace them costs around £102 each.

“We have funds that help with all of the projects we do from the church, clearly part of that has to be spent on repairs so any amount of money spent on property is money we don’t have to spend on people.”

Fr Tindall said he would appreciate anyone passing on information that could stop further damage being caused and said preventative measures such as CCTV could be considered in future.

PC Sarah Kelly, from Durham police, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or is aware of suspicious behaviour within the area, we need your help to stop this happening again.”

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call 101.