Bible, lectern and communion wine among more than 100 thefts from Norfolk churches

| January 19, 2012

A Bible, candles, a lectern, silverware and even communion wine were among items stolen by criminals targeting Norfolk’s churches, new figures have revealed.

According to figures released by Norfolk police, it is not just the lead which thieves have been stealing from the county’s churches.

A Freedom Of Information request has showed how, between the start of November 2010 and the end of October last year, there were 163 reports of theft and vandalism at churches, graveyards and cemeteries.

Almost half the crimes involved the theft of lead or windows being smashed, but it also revealed everything from red wine to a table and a poppy appeal collection tin were taken.

Flowers were snatched from graves, headstones and a wooden bench were damaged and a marble cross was stolen.

In only 11 of the cases did the police solve the crimes.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesman said: “Like other areas across the UK, Norfolk has seen a rise in metal thefts, including the theft of lead from churches.

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