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Norfolk church vandalised over Bell-ringing practice

The graffiti on St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A church in Norfolk's been vandalised because of the sound of its bells.

The words 'No bells' have been sprayed on a side door of St Nicholas Chapel in King's Lynn. It's in response to the weekly evening bell ringing practice sessions being held there.

The bell ringing sessions have been held each Wednesday while the town's Minster is undergoing repair work. It's meant the bells are being rung more often.

Bell-ringer Peter Jackson at St Nicholas Chapel. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"You'd like to think that if someone is moving into an area near a church they would have considered the impact the church would have with the potential the bells will have. The bells are rung as a celebration to the town.

– Peter Jackson, Bell-ringer
Bell-ringing practice takes places every Wednesday evening. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Anybody who feels that they don't like the bells for whatever reason, they are very free to come and talk to us and we'll show them around and talk about the heritage and show the installation and maybe that would make them feel slightly better about them. We might even recruit them to be bell-ringers, who knows."

– John Martin, Friends of St Nicholas' Chapel
St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bell ringing at the church goes back to the mid 1700s and because the vandalised door is part of the Grade 1 listed building, they can't just paint over it.

The Churches Conservation Trust, which maintains the building, has now received offers of help to clean up the graffiti.