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Man denies breaking into Charlbury Roman Catholic church

Byoxfordnewspaper

Oct 8, 2022

A man will stand trial next year accused of breaking into a catholic church and leaving it soiled.

Francis Walsh, 24, of Swinbrook, near Burford, appeared before Oxford Crown Court on Thursday, when he pleaded not guilty to burglary with intent to steal, burglary with intent to cause unlawful damage, and criminal damage.

Prosecutors say he burgled a shed attached to a house in Sheep Street, Charlbury, on July 26, 2020, before breaking-into St Teresa’s Catholic Church next door.

Tinned food taken from the shed was poured over the church floor, a court has previously heard. The church was allegedly left littered with candles, broken glass, food and cigarette butts.

On Thursday, Judge Michael Gledhill KC granted Walsh conditional bail to return to court on December 2 for a mention hearing.

His trial was put in the ‘warned list’, meaning it could be called on at any time in a two week period beginning on February 20.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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