Two South Norfolk churches hit by lead thieves
Two South Norfolk churches have become the latest victims of lead thieves, stripping their roofs of the valuable metal.
The latest theft happened on November 9 at St John the Baptist church in Bressingham, near Diss, when the Grade I-listed building’s south aisle was stripped of a piece of lead measuring approximately 26sq m.
Warden Diana Burroughes told the EDP: “I can almost cope with the lead, but they smashed a grave stone,” she added. “It will have to be replaced. How can you desecrate a grave stone?”
This is the fourth time in 10 years that the church has been hit by lead thieves.
Pulham St Mary Church, near Diss, had five tonnes of lead stolen after the culprits stripped the entire vestry roof and south aisle of the metal and now face a £100,000 bill.
This brings the number of Norfolk church’s hit by thieves to at least 14.
Pulham St Mary Church warden, John Taylor, said the grade I-listed building had CCTV but he did not have much hope for what the footage can provide.
He said: “I feel so sad that a building that has been loved and used by a village for generations has suffered so much damage. The church is viewed by the village as being their church.”
He told the EDP: “We will not cancel a single service. Every service which we normally hold, we will hold.”
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Pictured above is St John the Baptist church in Bressingham. Picture courtesy of Simon Knott at www.norfolkchurches.co.uk