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Lead theft from All Saints Church, Dunsby near Bourne

A village church has fallen victim to lead thieves.

All Saints Church in Dunsby was targeted by the heartless thieves at some time between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Rev Neil Bullen, rector of the Aveland group of churches, said that almost half the lead was taken and the church is awaiting costs for the repair. There was no damage inside the church.

Revd Neil Bullen at St Andrew's Church, Haconby (8268477)
Revd Neil Bullen at St Andrew's Church, Haconby (8268477)

Another of the churches in his group, St Andrew's at Haconby, was targeted only a few weeks ago.

Insp Ian Martin, neighbourhood policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, said: “Dunsby is the most recent lead theft from a church that has been reported to us and it’s part of an ongoing crime series that has been taking place across Lincolnshire and other areas.

“We are doing what we can to help prevent similar thefts by recommending the use of traceable SmartWater, alarms, and using materials to replace lead that isn’t attractive to thieves.

“Apart from this, we would ask everyone to be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour such as people hanging churches around with trucks or ladders.”

Suspicious activity or evidence that might lead to an arrest can be given to police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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