Thieves target Holy Trinity Church, in Goodramgate for the fourth time this year

Graham White, of the Churches Conservation Trust, examines damage at Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, after thieves broke in

Graham White, of the Churches Conservation Trust, examines damage at Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, after thieves broke in

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THIEVES have broken into an historic York church, the fourth raid on the building this year.

Holy Trinity Church, in Goodramgate, dates back to the 15th Century. It was first targeted by thieves in January.

They damaged the property and made off with some money which, unusually for the church, had not been deposited at the bank that day.

Graham White, who is volunteer co-ordinator for Yorkshire and the North East from the Churches Conservation Trust, said the damage caused in the latest attack would probably cost more than £500 to repair.

Mr White said: “It was all for the sake of nothing at the end of the day. It was completely in vain. There was nothing taken.

“They booted in the donation box, but found nothing because no cash is left here overnight. They forced their way into the vestry and made an untidy search, and forced open cupboards searching for money to no avail, because there’s no cash left overnight.”

Since the first theft, staff at the church have found a bench and a ladder on the grounds on two occasions, indicating thieves may have returned, but did not gain entry. Sunday’s break-in was the third time since January burglars have actually got inside.

Mr White said: “The front door to the church is not historic really, but internally they have damaged a 19th century door.

“We boarded up a window from the first time and in pulling that off to get in on Sunday they have pulled away the 19th century architraving from around the window.

“That’s been ripped off which is going to cost to get repaired.

“We’re just hoping there’s not a next time.”

A police spokesman confirmed they were investigating the incidents and urged anyone with information to phone them on 101, quoting reference 12140034371.

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11:59am Wed 5 Mar 14

naburn says...

Get insurance,or a shotgun..or will the lord provide?
Get insurance,or a shotgun..or will the lord provide? naburn
  • Score: -18

12:44pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Hicarrumba says...

Maybe a local Alarm company could step in and fit something?

Not a god believer, but am a lover of architecture and hater of thieving scum.
Maybe a local Alarm company could step in and fit something? Not a god believer, but am a lover of architecture and hater of thieving scum. Hicarrumba
  • Score: 23

1:11pm Wed 5 Mar 14

yorkie1980 says...

Third para says: "They damaged the property and made off with some money which, unusually for the church, had not been deposited at the bank that day."

The guy interviewed then says three times that there was no money taken and it was all for nothing......? I'm confused!
Third para says: "They damaged the property and made off with some money which, unusually for the church, had not been deposited at the bank that day." The guy interviewed then says three times that there was no money taken and it was all for nothing......? I'm confused! yorkie1980
  • Score: -3

1:11pm Wed 5 Mar 14

yorkie1980 says...

Oh hang on, that was January..... my bad.....!
Oh hang on, that was January..... my bad.....! yorkie1980
  • Score: 4

1:30pm Wed 5 Mar 14

courier46 says...

And do you know why it`s been robbed?,because theres nothing in our justice system to stop them and they have no fear because theres nothing to fear
And do you know why it`s been robbed?,because theres nothing in our justice system to stop them and they have no fear because theres nothing to fear courier46
  • Score: 14

4:49pm Wed 5 Mar 14

muckybutt says...

I could mention a few cheap ways to protect both the church and the property one would be lights with in built security cameras, and another being the use of smartwater technology.
I could mention a few cheap ways to protect both the church and the property one would be lights with in built security cameras, and another being the use of smartwater technology. muckybutt
  • Score: 2

8:02pm Wed 5 Mar 14

expubcrawler says...

courier46 wrote:
And do you know why it`s been robbed?,because theres nothing in our justice system to stop them and they have no fear because theres nothing to fear
Spot on Courier46.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: And do you know why it`s been robbed?,because theres nothing in our justice system to stop them and they have no fear because theres nothing to fear[/p][/quote]Spot on Courier46. expubcrawler
  • Score: 0

8:20pm Wed 5 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

expubcrawler wrote:
courier46 wrote:
And do you know why it`s been robbed?,because theres nothing in our justice system to stop them and they have no fear because theres nothing to fear
Spot on Courier46.
especially if you can get caught drunk, on a stolen motorbike, with no licence, no insurance and jumping red lights for an 8 week sentence suspended for a year to add insult to injury. What would he have got if he had killed someone? 16 weeks?
[quote][p][bold]expubcrawler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: And do you know why it`s been robbed?,because theres nothing in our justice system to stop them and they have no fear because theres nothing to fear[/p][/quote]Spot on Courier46.[/p][/quote]especially if you can get caught drunk, on a stolen motorbike, with no licence, no insurance and jumping red lights for an 8 week sentence suspended for a year to add insult to injury. What would he have got if he had killed someone? 16 weeks? TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 5

2:45pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

The Church should fit an alarm.
The Church should fit an alarm. Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 0

5:24pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

courier46 wrote:
And do you know why it`s been robbed?,because theres nothing in our justice system to stop them and they have no fear because theres nothing to fear
What do you suggest would make them afraid ? Severity of punishment doesn't deter anyone. Murders, even serial murders are committed despite the likelihood of life sentences. They happened when death was the penalty. Crime isn't related to punishment in a simple cause and effect way. Besides, the penal system is the best way to develop criminals, not prevent them.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: And do you know why it`s been robbed?,because theres nothing in our justice system to stop them and they have no fear because theres nothing to fear[/p][/quote]What do you suggest would make them afraid ? Severity of punishment doesn't deter anyone. Murders, even serial murders are committed despite the likelihood of life sentences. They happened when death was the penalty. Crime isn't related to punishment in a simple cause and effect way. Besides, the penal system is the best way to develop criminals, not prevent them. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 0

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