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Last Updated: Monday, 10 December 2007, 13:31 GMT
Stained glass damaged in break-in
Churches and other places of worship in a Surrey town have been given security advice about how to deter intruders after a series of break-ins.

The Methodist Church in Heath Road, Weybridge, and St James's in Church Street have both been burgled twice.

In the latest break-in at the Methodist Church a stained glass window and PA system were damaged.

Collection money in canvas bags was stolen from the sacristy at St James's in an earlier break-in.

'Callous offences'

Neighbourhood police officers have visited all places of worship in the area since the break-ins to give security advice.

Extra patrols have also been put on in the area round St James's and the Methodist Church to give a visible police presence.

"These are callous offences," said Insp Paul Yearwood.

"The incidents are distressing for the dedicated staff and volunteers who run the churches for the benefit of the community in Weybridge.

"We are committed to working with them to prevent similar offences in the future."



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