Wardens make plea to Kettering litter bugs

Graham Dickenson, Mary Dickenson, Phil Robinson and Maggie Jones outside St Andrew's Church, Kettering
Graham Dickenson, Mary Dickenson, Phil Robinson and Maggie Jones outside St Andrew's Church, Kettering

Churchwardens say problems of littering in a Kettering churchyard have worsened.

Volunteers at St Andrew’s Church were horrified to discover what they believe was human excrement in the consecrated ground earlier this month. Parishioners fear the town centre church is an easy target for people who simply don’t think about the rubbish they leave behind.

Churchwarden Graham Dickenson said: “We get the cans, cigarette ends and half-eaten take away meals thrown over the fence.

“It’s just the fact we are there on that corner. That’s always been a problem.

“But the drinking aspect of it has got worse.”

Churchwardens say they are considering locking the gates at night if the problem gets worse.

David Cox, a churchwarden at St Giles Church, Desborough, said the grounds were usually not badly affected, but added: “It’s primarily because we have a small band of volunteers and we meet every Monday.”