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HERITAGE CRIME: Church lead thieves jailed

Alert message sent 09/01/2021 11:37:00

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Four Men jailed for 20+ years 



Four prolific lead thieves who caused damage totalling £2.1m to historic churches have been jailed for a total of 22 years. 

The four defendants stripped tonnes of lead from a mixture of Grade I and Grade II-listed churches between May 2018 and March 2020 - costing 36 churches a combined total of almost £2.1m.
The devastating crime spree across vast swathes of England included four churches in East Yorkshire which were targeted in September 2019.

Damage was caused at St Peter’s in Langtoft, St Mary’s in Lockington, St Peter’s in Wawne and St Lawrence’s in Sigglesthorne plus numerous other churches within our area.

The gang also targeted other churches across Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and West Yorkshire.

DCI Shield says the impact of these thefts has been far-reaching.

He said: "The impact of these offences goes well beyond the significant financial cost. Communities have felt a great sense of loss at the damage caused to their heritage, and increased vulnerability due to the rural nature of many of the premises. “Some of the buildings are thousands of years old so these men have potentially destroyed hundreds of years of our heritage.”
 





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