Church forced to lock its gates after human excrement found on steps

St Mary's church in Cwmbran has been open for more than 100 years Credit: Google

A church has been forced to close its gates for the first time in 100 years - after their steps were used as a toilet.Over recent years some of the windows at St Mary's in Cwmbran have been broken, its noticeboard damaged and dog mess left in the grounds.But now the church warden Paul Austin says drug paraphernalia and human excrement has been found on the church steps. Paul Austin said: “The problems here at the church have concerned and upset me. After 100 years we have had to close the gates."There was drug paraphernalia there and one of them had defecated on the steps. It’s deplorable and disgusting.“I don’t understand why they did it. I don’t know what the answer is. I thought with the coronavirus, we would all pull together as a community.“We’ve had to close the gates. We don’t want that; we want the community to be able to use our facilities. The church is about socialising and community."It’s a problem, as it means for those who use the church, it’s basically now by appointment only."It comes to a point where you have to say enough is enough.”