A burglary at St Botolph’s Church overnight has been described as ‘devastating’ by the new parish vicar, who said she was ‘saddened’ by the attack on a ‘sacred place in Boston’.
Money was stolen from donation boxes and memorial candles at Boston Stump sometime between 4.30pm last night and 6am this morning.
Rev Alyson Buxton said: “It’s really sad that people have to go to such measures. I think sometimes people don’t quite realise the damage they’re doing and something as simple as that can run into thousands and thousands of pounds.
“They don’t realise it’s not our money they are taking, it’s the town’s money, it’s the people that have donated to the church and those that have lit candles for their loved ones.”
She added: “The overall thing is we have had the flood, we’ve had constant renovations and the energy that’s needed for the balance and that balance we have to have in our role in the town to provide a safe place for people.
“The church is as much in for the town as the congregation.”
Mike Bartlett, the director of operations at the Stump, told The Standard it was possible the offence was discovered at 6am when the cleaner returned and alerted officials of what had happened.
He said it was thought the offender or offenders may have hidden in the church until it closed and then come out during the night.
He added glass from the smashed window fell outside, so it was thought to be the escape route rather than the entry.
It is believed the offenders may piled equipment inside the church next to the office to climb up.
Mr Bartlett said it was ‘lucky’ that the Parish Office had just recently moved into the locked offices from its temporary accommodation while flood work was carried out.
Thursday, 9.21am - A burglar broke into Boston Stump and stole money from charity boxes overnight.
Police say the offender broke into St Botolph’s Church via a window on the west side of the building and took the cash.
The offence took place some time last night or early this morning.
Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 47 of April 10.
You can report crimes anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.