Shock as vandal uses church as loo
ST Cuthbert's Church in Wells has been subject to a shocking case of vandalism as a man has been caught on CCTV defecating in the 13th-century building.
The culprit was caught on camera entering the church through the side door and fouling the floor next to the book stall.
He then used a mass card to cover what he had done.
The vicar of St Cuthbert's, Reverend Prebendary Alastair Wheeler, said: "It is shocking. It seems like a deliberate provocation to do it right in front of the camera."
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From the CCTV footage the police have a suspect but do want to name them yet as the investigation is ongoing.
The footage also shows one lucky couple who walked past shortly afterwards and narrowly avoided stepping in the mess.
Inspector Mark Nicholson said: "It doesn't show respect to church users. Not only is it antisocial but there's a health and safety risk.
"We will investigate this robustly."
If you have information that could help the police with their investigation contact them on 101, or the independent crime charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
You can also contact them online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
They never ask for your name, or trace your call, and if you give information that leads to a successful prosecution, you could even get a reward.