Stamford Civic Society calls for extra security at St Leonard’s Priory

Stamford Civic Society members at St Leonard's Priory, Stamford - back, from left, David Lankaster, Graddon Rowlands, Andrew Moore, Ruth Gillick, Ken Blyth, Peter Stevens, Giles and Jean Hopkinson and front the Gillick childrenGus, 12, Louis, 10, Inigo, nine, Florence, six, and Raffael, four'Photo: MSMP120413-151js
Stamford Civic Society members at St Leonard's Priory, Stamford - back, from left, David Lankaster, Graddon Rowlands, Andrew Moore, Ruth Gillick, Ken Blyth, Peter Stevens, Giles and Jean Hopkinson and front the Gillick childrenGus, 12, Louis, 10, Inigo, nine, Florence, six, and Raffael, four'Photo: MSMP120413-151js
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Members of a civic society have called for security to be tightened around a historic building after a series of thefts and break-ins.

Stamford Civic Society, working with South Kesteven District Council, have spent the last 10 years working to restore the Grade I listed St Leonard’s Priory in Priory Road, Stamford.

But their efforts are being increasingly undermined by thieves and vandals targeting the building.

Just last month a 90-year-old metal plaque giving the history of the building was stolen from an outside wall.

Society member Peter Stevens has written to the district council to ask for extra security at the site.

He said: “This is a Grade I listed building of great importance.

“It is the only Norman-esque piece of architecture in the whole of Stamford and it is at serious risk.

“We have had the plaque stolen.

“We have had people breaking in.

“We are constantly having to clear up rubbish. On a recent visit we collected 25 empty beer bottles.

“There is a bin provided so there is no excuse.”

The society is determined to stop the ongoing issue of anti-social behaviour at the priory.

A meeting between the district council and the group has been arranged to discuss security.

The society is also keen to replace the plaque, which was one of 24 installed around Stamford in 1922 to denote historic sites.

A full list can be found at the civic society website.