New priest slams thieves who stole lead from Portsmouth church roof

| September 9, 2011

CHURCHGOERS in a tight-knit community are distraught after thieves stole lead from their place of worship and caused damage that will cost thousands to repair.

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, off Hempsted Green in Paulsgrove, has been left with a leaking roof, blown electrics, peeling plaster and damp after crooks stole all of the roof’s lead – even the lightning conductor.

The theft is the latest in a series of incidents which have seen metal stolen for scrap from a school, a cemetery and even a young boy.

The thieves, who police believe struck last week, left a pile of rubble and a repair bill running into thousands.

Father Ian Newton, who only joined the church on Monday, said: ‘Rain was coming through, the electrics blew and paint was coming off the walls.

‘We’ve still got rain running through the roof, causing damage and there’s damage to the surface of the roof and brickwork where the lead has been pulled out. One of the other problems is the amount of rubble that’s been left.

‘The sad thing is the church is a part of this community and in a sense something has not been taken from the church, it’s been taken away from everybody.’

He added: ‘Some people will go to any lengths to get hold of what they want or need.

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