Police patrols are being stepped up in Preston Park to stop people using Brighton’s “oldest building” as a toilet.
Brighton and Hove Police tweeted yesterday about the grim discovery at St Peter’s Church, a 13th century building which is no longer used as a place of worship but preserved by the Churches Conservation Trust.
PCSO Green said: “Unfortunately someone has started using this beautiful church in Preston Park as a toilet. If you see anyone using the church in an inappropriate manner please call 101.
“We want to stop this behaviour ASAP, there will also be an increase police presence around the area.”
Unfortunately someone has started using this beautiful church in Preston Park as a toilet. If you see anyone using the church in an inappropriate manner please call 101.We want to stop this behaviour ASAP, there will also be an increase police presence around the area #PCSOGREEN pic.twitter.com/96SeSMhjXA
— Brighton&Hove Police (@BtonHovePolice) April 19, 2018
The Grade II* listed church was badly damaged in 1906, and all but three of its 14th century wall paintings were lost. However, replacement stencils were included as part of the Edwardian restoration.
The church was recently given a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £64,000 to restore the Edwardian stencils, work which was due to be started early this year.
St Peter’s is older than the 14th century St Nicholas’s Church in Dyke Road, the original parish church of what was then the small town of Brighton, but not as old as Grade 1 listed St Wulfran’s in Ovingdean or the oldest buiding in the whole city, Grade 2 listed St Helen’s Church in Hangleton, both of which date from the 12th century.