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Police appeal for witnesses after ‘removals van’ spotted at time of Combs church lead theft




St Marys Church Combs, targeted by lead thieves, Parish Priest Chris Childs with Curate Rachel Cornish,'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150826-115113009
St Marys Church Combs, targeted by lead thieves, Parish Priest Chris Childs with Curate Rachel Cornish,'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150826-115113009

Police investigating the theft of thousands of pounds of lead from a church in Combs are seeking information on a large ‘removals’ van seen in the area at the time.

A large van was seen in the village during the early hours of Monday August 24, and is described as a white, either hi-top transit or box van, with large vertical doors at the rear, with the word ‘removals’ on the side.

St Marys Church Combs, targeted by lead thieves, Parish Priest Chris Childs with Curate Rachel Cornish,'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150826-115243009
St Marys Church Combs, targeted by lead thieves, Parish Priest Chris Childs with Curate Rachel Cornish,'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150826-115243009

The appeal comes after thieves ripped six tonnes of lead from St Mary’s Church in Combs and made away with seven tonnes from St Peter and St Paul Church in Lavenham.

Repairs to the churches are expected to reach into the hundreds of thousands.

Police are also appealing for information after a further church in Stratford St Mary near East Bergholt was targeted sometime between 10pm on Thursday September 3 and 6am on Friday September 4.

They would be keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity, including people or vehicles, in Stratford St Mary at the times stated.

Anyone with any information should call Suffolk Police on 101 quoting ST/15/2832 for the Combs theft, SU/15/2046 for the Lavenham theft, and HD/15/1485 for the Stratford St Mary theft.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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