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Cruel vandals target 17th century Ayr church as graves defaced

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Disgusting vandals have defaced an historic 17th century church in the centre of Ayr.The Auld Kirk of Ayr, located just off the High Street on Blackfriars Walk, was targeted on Thursday night during a vandalism spree as office bearers were met with shameful graffiti on Friday morning.Shocking photos show the extent of the thoughtless vandalism at the Church of Scotland church, which dates back to 1654.

Rude imagery was scrawled over stained glass windows as well as swear words on an iron gate.A welcome sign featuring a photo of King Charles III - presumably used to mark his Coronation earlier this month - was also spoiled with bright red spray paint.Vandals defaced historic stonework with red coloured paint, including an informative commemorative plaque paying tribute to Oliver Cromwell, who used compensation money to build the now Auld Kirk.And the cruel yobs went as far as targeted graves- spray painting ‘RIP XX’ in black spray paint over a grave stone.The church, an A-Listed building that seats more than 900, is steeped in history- with Scotland’s national Bard Robert Burns being amongst the congregation back in the day as he worshipped at the church for 17 years.It was built between 1654 and 1656, after the area which included the medieval Kirk of St John- St John’s Tower in Citadel Place being the only remaining part- was taken over by Cromwell’s Commonwealth forces.Ayr Police Chief Inspector Kevin Lammie said: “This vandalism was obviously a deliberate act.

The damage to this sacred building and these historic statues runs into thousands of pounds, not to mention the upset this will cause to the Ayr community.“Officers are carrying out enquiries, however, I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area

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