Somerset

Thieves strip lead from roof of Somerset church

Thieves have stolen a large amount of lead from the roof of a church in Somerset.

The lead was stripped from St James Church in Winscombe and thrown to the ground before being dragged down a lane and loaded into a vehicle, police said.

Church warden Beth Cutmore said their insurance would not cover the £20,000 cost of repairs.

"We are devastated that so much damage has been caused to such a fine building," she said.

Sgt Dave Hayward, from Weston-super-Mare's community safety department, appealed for witnesses.

He said: "Whoever was involved has got away with a huge amount of lead and caused considerable damage to the church.

"They must have made a lot of noise and had a vehicle ready to take it all away."

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