Stowmarket: Teenagers told to “clean-up” church hall following vandalism

Windows were smashed by vandals at St Peter's Hall in Stowmarket

Windows were smashed by vandals at St Peter's Hall in Stowmarket - Credit: Archant

Teenagers who smashed a church hall’s windows have been ordered to work in the community as punishment.

St Peter’s Church Hall in Stowmarket was subjected to a barrage of vandalism earlier in the year causing more than £1,000 worth of damage.

Police arrested two teenagers – a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy – on suspicion of criminal damage.

Yesterday a force spokeswoman confirmed the two had been put on restorative justice programmes – an agreement between the church and the offenders – which means the pair will carry out “clean-up” work.

Reverend Michael Eden, of St Peter and St Mary’s Church, which manages the hall, said: “We are pleased that the damage has come to an end.

“Quite a few windows were damaged over a period of time.

“Since police have found these people it’s come to an end.

“They have been very remorseful and realised the consequences of the damage they have done.”

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Sergeant Neil Paterson, from Suffolk police, said: “Following damage at St Peter’s Church Hall on October 28, a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy were arrested.

“The boy was also linked to a further offence of damage at the church in Stowmarket.”

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