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Historic church vandalised

Children as young as six have vandalised a church in Cumbria which dates back to the 12th century.

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Church vandalism outrage

by Tim Backshall
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Vandalised church at Brampton, Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

There's been condemnation of a vandal attack on a Cumbrian church which dates back to Norman times.

Children aged between six and 10 have been questionned about the incident at the Old Church in Brampton.

Windows were smashed and nine gravestones overturned. Five of those damaged were children's.

Judith Pattinson, chair of Brampton Parish Council said: "There's a sense of disappointment, outrage, frustration, anger, because it's such a beautiful place and people can't understand why such young children would want to desecrate such a lovely place."

A gang of children as young six have vandalised a north Cumbrian church

The old Church in Brampton Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria police have identified four children aged 6,7,9 and 10 years old that were responsible for the damage.

Four leaded windows in the Old Church in Brampton were smashed and offenders climbed inside. Two brass candlesticks and a vase were damaged and a £1 coin was stolen from a collection plate.

Headstones were pushed over Credit: ITV Border

Items were strewn around outside in the graveyard and six gravestones were pushed over resulting in damage to several of them.The value of the damaged caused is not yet known but is estimated to be several thousand pounds.

The police have spoken to each of the youngsters in front of their parents Sergeant Jon Oliphant from Brampton police told ITV Border: "Each admitted their part in the offence and, as they are legally below the age of criminal responsibility, will be dealt with through Restorative Justice. "

The damage will run into thousands of pounds Credit: ITV Border

"This means that they will have to face the people who have been most affected by this crime and understand the impact that their actions have had on others. It is hoped that this type of intervention will prevent and deter any similar behaviour from happening again in future. "

"This incident has had an affect on the local community and police officers will continue to work closely with local schools and residents to emphasise the important role that young people have in developing and respecting the communities they live in."

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