Search

Fury after another Norfolk church is targeted by roof raiders

PUBLISHED: 15:15 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 13 March 2017

Baconsthorpe Church which has been targetted by roof raiders. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Baconsthorpe Church which has been targetted by roof raiders. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

Mourners were forced to shelter from rain throughout a funeral service after another Norfolk church was targeted by roof raiders.

Up to six tons of lead is believed to have been stripped from Baconsthorpe Church near Holt.

The culprits, possibly driving large vans or lorries, struck in the early hours of the morning on March 3.

Lead was prized from the north aisle and a section of the south aisle of the medieval church.

The theft occurred just hours before a funeral service was due to take place, leaving no time for a temporary covering to be put in place.

Churchwarden Tessa McCosh said: “I feel fury and anger that the theft made a difficult situation at the funeral far worse.

“Mourners were horrified to be attending the service while rain was pouring through the roof. You always think something like this is not going to happen here, but sadly these things do.”

She added: “Someone heard a couple of lorries driving nearby at about 4.30am, but the church is in a isolated location so quite vulnerable.”

Roof raiders caused thousands of pounds of damage to Blickling Church in October and an attempt was made to steal lead from Scottow Church near North Walsham the following month.

Anyone with information about the theft should call the police on 101.

The EDP, together with sister publication the East Anglian Daily Times, have put up a £26,000 reward for information leading to the 
conviction of those responsible for stripping our region’s churches of lead.

Other news

Yesterday, 21:00

A group of people are appealing for help to set up a Men’s Shed in Fakenham.

Yesterday, 19:00

Doctor Who fans and collectors are being invited to attend an auction in Fakenham.

Yesterday, 17:36

The former teachers and coach of Norwich City player Todd Cantwell have spoken of their pride after the youngster made his first league start for the club against Reading on Wednesday evening.

Yesterday, 16:29

Police are appealing for information following an incident of criminal damage after four tyres of a Kia car were slashed in Dereham

Most Read

Yesterday, 16:29

Police are appealing for information following an incident of criminal damage after four tyres of a Kia car were slashed in Dereham

Read more
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Health chiefs plan to replace them with a “supported care service”, where community teams will care for people in their own homes.

Read more
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Yesterday, 16:14

Norwich City has hinted that more stars of the music world could soon be heading to Carrow Road, after a licensing bid was submitted.

Read more
Norwich City Council
Wed, 17:38

He may spend most of his time running his family fish smoking business but when Richard Bunning isn’t selling his produce on the market, he is conquering the world of clay pigeon shooting.

Read more
United Kingdom

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 8°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Fakenham and Wells Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy