Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is appealing for information on an attack on a church that has seen a number of gravestones vandalised.

On the weekend of 22nd and 23rd June, offenders kicked over five gravestones in the churchyard of Eccleshall Holy Trinity Church, Staffordshire.

This vandalism has created considerable cost to the church.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information that could lead to an arrest and charge of the person or people responsible for this crime. Anyone who knows about this incident can contact the charity anonymously through its 0800 555 111 number.

Disrespectful crime

Pauline Hadley, West Midlands Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “This may not be perceived as serious crime but this vandalism has left a close, tight knit community very angry.

“Crimes like this are hugely disrespectful and I would urge anyone with information on who has committed this offence to come forward and tell Crimestoppers. You’ll never have to tell us who you are, give a statement to police or go to court, we just want to know who is responsible.”

If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form.

*Only information coming through the anonymous 0800 555 111 number will qualify for a reward.

**The incident is being investigated by Staffordshire Police.

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Notes to Editors

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