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58 crimes committed in Cumbria churches in one year

Fifty-eight crimes have been committed at churches in Cumbria in the 12 months to August, according to new data obtained by the Countryside Alliance.


The figures were obtained by the Countryside Alliance as part of its ongoing call to focus attention on rural churches and increase funding for security at places of worship.

The latest 2020/21 records from Cumbria police reveal 10 thefts of which one relates to metal, as well as 31 cases of criminal damage and 17 cases of violence.

Nationally, 115 lead thefts were recorded along with 1,336 thefts, 1,688 incidents of vandalism and criminal damage – including arson – and 824 incidents of violence, including sexual assault and assault on an officer. 207 incidents were specifically marked as burglary, as well as other crimes including stalking, malicious communications, hate crime and drug possession.

The worst-hit areas are largely in the South East of England with Sussex Police recording 367 crimes, Kent 209 cases and the Metropolitan Police 575.

Overall there has been a decrease nationally in crimes committed at churches since last year. South Wales, Cleveland, Essex, Hertfordshire and Greater Manchester were the other five forces to return increases this year.


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