Vandals have trashed a St Leonards church for the second time in eight months.
Youths set fire to a wheelie bin outside the church and windows were smashed.
Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident at around 10pm on Saturday.
The church was also a target for vandals earlier this year.
It is believed hundreds of pounds of damage was caused in the attack.Two windows were smashed and another was cracked.
The broken glass and the stones used fell across the floor of a creche and the space used by a local after-school playgroup.
It’s not the first time the church have had to deal with vandalism as one double glazed window in the sanctuary was broken in March
Rev. Gordon Palmer said: “We didn’t know about the windows until the kids were on site, but it has been made safe.
“Fortunately, whoever started the fire must have had a low IQ because they shut the bin lid, starving the fire of oxygen and thankfully containing it.
“These things come in waves. We had a few broken windows in the summer but we haven’t had anything since.”
PC Matt McCabe told the News: “We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything and will target this type of anti social behaviour with high visibility patrols.”
Anyone with information should contact East Kilbride police on 01355 564000 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.