Thieves steal £10,000 of lead from Burnham church

| June 9, 2010

A BURNHAM church is reeling after thieves stole £10,000 worth of lead.

Thieves made off with between four and five tonnes of the metal, leaving the church with a hefty repair bill for the second time in two years.

Rev Graham Witts told the Weekly News the theft was discovered after water was spotted pouring from the north wall of the church last Tuesday.

He said: “How can people do this in the middle of the town?

“We had such a wonderful weekend with the marriage festival and the church had a real buzz around it but now we are down in the mouth.

“At least we still have our health but it is a nuisance.”

The Weekly News reported how the church was first targeted for its lead in August 2008, prompting it to introduce 'Water Marking' measures to deter thieves.

It will now look for permission from English Heritage and Sedgemoor District Council to re-roof the church with a stainless-steel substitute.

Church warden Pat Comer said: “I'm surprised it's happened again to a degree but it's not that a great a shock as it's always at the back of your mind.

“Church-going people are disgusted as well. It's like going two steps forward then two steps back all the time.”

Avon and Somerset police said investigations were ongoing.

Anyone with information on the thefts should contact Burnham police on 0845-4567000.

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