St Ethelbert’s church warden sleeps in to stop theft

| October 22, 2011

A 67-year-old man is sleeping in his Suffolk church at night to try to prevent thieves stealing lead.

Brian Jones, who is a church warden, has set up a camp bed in St Ethelbert's, Hessett.

Scaffolding will be up at the church until December while workers tackle a rising damp problem.

Mr Jones is concerned the church will become a target for criminals. "I sleep very well here – I feel cold at times, but I don't feel scared," he said.

He started sleeping in the church three weeks ago after two other churches in the benefice, at Rushbrooke and Beyton, had lead thefts.

Mr Jones said: "I'm locked in the church and if I did hear anything I would turn the lights on to try and frighten any criminals away.

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