A church warden has warned villages across West Suffolk to be vigilant after thieves stole copper sheeting from the roof of a historic church in Great Barton.
Tim Frost urged others to be on the lookout for any unusual activity in the wake of the theft of four sections of copper sheeting from the Church of the Holy Innocents.
He said the thieves, who struck between 11.30am on Sunday, August 24, and 4pm on Tuesday, August 26, also left another sheet of coppper hanging over the side of the roof.
Mr Frost said: “The important lesson for all villages with remote church locations is vigilance. Please be aware and report any unusual activity, particularly now that the hours of darkness will be increasing and note any vehicle registration. Disturbing and disrupting this criminal activity is the key, before the damage is done.”
The church has insurance but he said they would still have to pay the excess on the policy using parishioners’ ‘hard earned money’. He added: “All churches who suffer from metal theft will review the security arrangements they have in place, but more security means even more money from already hard-pressed parishes.”
Call Suffolk Police on 101.