Thieves cause thousands of pounds' worth of damage after stealing lead from church
10:07am Fri Oct 10, 2014
 
Thieves stole lead from All Saints Church in Barnby-in-the-Willows
Thieves stole lead from All Saints Church in Barnby-in-the-Willows
Thieves pulled down metal railings and knocked over two gravestones before stripping a church roof of lead.
One of the gravestones knocked over in the incident
One of the gravestones knocked over in the incident
All Saints Church in Barnby-in-the-Willows was targeted overnight between Wednesday, October 8 and 7.30am on Thursday, October 9. The thieves used a large vehicle, knocking over gravestones in the process.

PC Tanya Hodgkiss said: “In pursuit of lead to sell as scrap metal the offenders have caused untold damage to the church grounds and roof.

"This has been extremely distressing for those who found the destruction – especially as grave stones were upturned during the theft.

"We’re asking people to be vigilant – did you see a large vehicle in the area? Did you see anyone scoping out the church? Have you noticed someone with a lot of scrap metal to sell?

"If you see someone acting strangely in your street or anything you think is unusual don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.”

If you have information, call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 105 of October 9.

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