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By Tristan Harris Tuesday 03 December 2013 Updated: 05/12 17:23
A BROMSGROVE church hall which is used by hundreds of residents of all ages each week has fallen victim to a spate of vandalism, having seven of its windows smashed in the space of five days.
The incidents at All Saints Church Hall, Burcot Lane, happened between last Sunday (November 24) and Wednesday (November 28) and now, as well as footing the bill for the repairs, church bosses are planning to put grilles on the windows to stop future attacks.
Three windows were broken between the Sunday and the Monday and then the next one happened at 9pm that evening, while an art class was on.
Tony Turpin, who was teaching the session at the venue at the time, said: "It was extremely lucky no one was hurt.
"A brick the size of my fist was thrown through the window and thankfully the curtains were drawn and that acted as a buffer.
"It was quite upsetting."
Then, on the Wednesday, another three windows were put through.
Mr Turpin added he and others had spent a lot of time clearing up glass as young children were among those using the hall.
"We held a bazaar last week and raised £500 which was going to be put towards providing activities for the community, but that will now have to be spent putting grilles on the windows.
"It's a few people who are doing a lot of damage that is having an impact on the community - it's just so frustrating."
The hall is used by groups from across Bromsgrove of all ages, including art classes, keep fit, an antiques day and dance evenings for adults, dog-training sessions and Tumbletots and Rhythm Time for toddlers.
People also hire the hall for parties and other functions.
Police confirmed the incidents took place and said, regarding the Monday night attack, two youths dressed in black were seen riding on bikes away from the area.
This is not the first time the hall has been targeted as there were other incidents six months ago, which included the wheeled bins being moved into the road, causing a danger to motorists, and one of the bins being thrown in the nearby Spadesbourne Brook.
Any witnesses to the incidents or anyone with any information should call Bromsgrove Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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