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Lead stolen from church roof at Tallington

Thieves have stolen lead from a church roof at Tallington.

The theft at the Church of St Lawrence of Rome happened sometime between 9pm on Monday last week and 4.30am the following morning.

It was discovered by church warden Barry Hodgson as preparations were being made for a service on Ash Wednesday.

Rector Fr Aran Beesley says the lead was taken from above the chancel area, the most holy part of the church.

He estimates the lead will cost ‘thousands of pounds’ to replace.

St Lawrence Church (7648797)
St Lawrence Church (7648797)

The thief or thieves put holes in a leaded glass window before they made off with the lead.

A hole was left in the roof, placing the church at risk of water damage.

Villagers from Tallington and Uffington rallied around to place tarpaulin over the church organ.

Speaking on Friday, Fr Aran said: “We had a lot of rain last night and we are having to pay for professionals to cover the roof temporarily. Then we will discover the right way to replace the lead.

“The lead taken was expensive and I have no idea what it will cost but it will be thousands of pounds.

“We are upset and devastated by it, but we are determined to carry on. It won’t stop us from using the church, we will carry on. But it is heartbreaking praying for people when someone has nicked your roof.”

Fr Aran says other diocese nearby have been warned of the theft so they can take precaution.

“We have some images and we know the time it happened last week, probably between Monday night and Tuesday morning.”

Community policing inspector for Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, Ian Martin, confirmed the police had received some CCTV footage showing a white van in the area.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may know about the van and its whereabouts.

Inspector Martin said this was the first lead roof theft for sometime but it may be linked to an increase in reported lead thefts nationally.

People with any information should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 256 of 06/03/19.

Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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