Lead thieves strike again at rural parishes

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Three East Northants churches have been targeted by lead thieves.

Police are appealing for information and urging extra vigilance in rural areas after lead was stolen from the roofs during the past two weeks.

The first incident happened on Saturday, July 9, at St Mary’s Church in Ringstead, where the offenders were disturbed when the alarm was activated.

The second theft is believed to have happened sometime between Wednesday, 29 June, and Wednesday, 13 July, at St Andrew’s Church in Cotterstock, when a large amount of lead was found to be missing from the roof after it started to leak.

Thousands of pounds worth of lead was also stolen from the roof of St Mary’s Church in Luddington between Sunday, 10 July, and Monday, 18 July.

Police are appealing for information and anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity or vehicles in the locations and during the times stated is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Officers are also urging people to be vigilant around churches, and to be aware of anything out of the ordinary and report suspicious activity to the police. If a crime is in progress, they should call 999.

Alternatively, anyone who wishes to give information but remain anonymous can call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.