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Vicar tells of community's shock at vandalism in Hendon churchyard

Several graves at St Mary’s Church, the oldest parish Church in Hendon and the London Borough of Barnet were vandalised last week.

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By Bella Saltiel 22 February 2021

Several graves at St Mary’s Church, the oldest parish Church in Hendon and the London Borough of Barnet were vandalised last week. The churchyard, which could date back to Anglo-Saxon England, is a refuge for plants and wildlife and is named as a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. It is also of historical importance: containing the graves of service personnel from the Commonwealth who fought in World War I and World War II.Several graves at St Mary’s Church, the oldest parish Church in Hendon and the London Borough of Barnet were vandalised last week. The churchyard, which could date back to Anglo-Saxon England, is a refuge for plants and wildlife and is named as a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. It is also of historical importance: containing the graves of service personnel from the Commonwealth who fought in World War I and World War II.

The church’s vicar explained that the local community has already responded to the vandalism by laying flowers over the graves. The church’s vicar explained that the local community has already responded to the vandalism by laying flowers over the graves. 

Dr Julie Gittoes said:Dr Julie Gittoes said:

“The community is shocked and saddened by the damage caused to a number of graves in St Mary’s churchyard. A member of the congregation suggested placing flowers at the damaged graves as a sign of respect and care. Many have shared in this heartwarming gesture. We are grateful for the support of the wider community - including council members and other faith leaders.“The community is shocked and saddened by the damage caused to a number of graves in St Mary’s churchyard. A member of the congregation suggested placing flowers at the damaged graves as a sign of respect and care. Many have shared in this heartwarming gesture. We are grateful for the support of the wider community - including council members and other faith leaders.

The police have been informed.”The police have been informed.”

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