of pounds of lead stolen from Burnham church's roof
thieves have stolen thousands of pounds worth of lead roofing
panels from the top of Burnham-On-Sea's St Andrew's Church over
the past week - the third such theft in five years.
believe the panels have been stolen from the roof of the church
in Victoria Street for their scrap metal value.
Graham Witts, vicar of St Andrew's, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that
a large quantity of the material measuring 20ft x 12ft was taken
on Friday, leaving the church with a possible repair bill of up
said the theft was spotted when a deep trench was seen in a flower
bed in the churchyard, made by a large vehicle's wheels.
seems a large van was used to take away the material in the early
hours of Friday morning. A local carpenter went up onto the roof
to take a look for us and confirmed our worst fears when he found
a large quantity of the lead had been removed," said Reverend
a considerable amount and the swift actions saved the interior
of the church from being damaged during the heavy rain we had
on Friday. The interior paintwork on the ceiling would have been
damaged as well."
sheeting has been installed on the roof, as pictured, to protect
the church from flooding.
Witts added that the church's insurers would be unlikely to cover
the whole of the loss, which leaves the church out of pocket.
to the high number of lead thefts from churches across the country,
our insurer will only pay the first £5,000 of the loss -
which means that we face a bill of several thousand pounds to
get it repaired."
is very sad that we have had another of these thefts - it seems
that churches are seen as soft targets."
have appealed to any nearby residents who saw people acting suspiciously
in the churchyard to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800