Trails of blood left in Falkirk church after suspected break-in

Windows on four doors in the church were smashed. Picture: Michael Gillen
Windows on four doors in the church were smashed. Picture: Michael Gillen

Staff and congregation at a Falkirk church were left shocked when they found trails of blood in the historic building following a suspected break-in.

Windows on four heavy fire doors were smashed and furniture, including an office filing cabinet, was wrecked at Falkirk Trinity Church in Manse Place last Monday evening (October 19).

No damage was done to the actual sanctuary of the church and nothing seems to be missing according to staff, however, the sight of all the broken glass, wrecked ancillary rooms and blood over the floors and office equipment left congregation members scared of what they were going to find inside.

The church, which has undergone a £1 million refurbishment as part of a heritage project in Falkirk’s High Street, operates as a self-sustaining business with a cafe and rooms being hired out for local events.

One staff member said: “It was pretty horrifying seeing all the blood, we didn’t know if anyone had been injured or not.

“The place was a complete mess, it’s very upsetting for everyone connected to the church.

“There was a group in the church earlier on the night it happened so it must have took place after everyone had left.”

Police Scotland has confirmed a 42-year-old man was arrested in connection with the break-in and has appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court.