Baconsthorpe church lead thief behind bars
A thief involved in two “professional” gangs which stripped lead worth more than £100,000 from roofs of rural Norfolk churches, including three in North Norfolk, is now in prison.
St Mary’s Church at Baconsthorpe was one of the churches targeted (twice) by Remus Tudorache, and lead worth £100,000 was stripped from the roof earlier this year, shortly after the small band of parishioners had spent two years raising £120,000 to carry out restoration work. The lead theft had left the villagers “crushed and devastated” and had put the church in danger of closing after 800 years, according to Corinne Youngs, secretary of Baconsthorpe PCC.
Tudorache had also stolen lead from Erpingham Church this year, and All Saints, East Barsham in an earlier round of thefts back in 2015. Elsewhere in the county, he had targeted churches at Narford and East Bradenham, as well as in Bedfordshire.
Tudorache, 27, from Coventry, was jailed for five years and one month after admitting involvement in the gang behind a string lead thefts in 2015, but was also part of another gang which was operating this year until it was smashed when police arrested four members after a chase, near Wisbech.
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