Apprentices restore robbed church

Image caption Heysham power station plant manager, Nick Collins, said apprentices had done a 'fantastic job'

A Lancashire churchyard damaged in an attempted theft has been restored with the help of apprentices from a nearby power station.

More than 200 memorial plaques were ripped from the garden of remembrance at St Peter's Church in Heysham in May.

They were repaired by the apprentices Heysham power station following an appeal for help by the church's vicar, the Reverend David Tickner.

The church is over 1,000 years old and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Mr Tickner said he discovered the plaques piled up by the church gate when he arrived for early morning service "waiting to be nicked".

'Really dodgy'

He was overcome by the response from people offering to help repair the church, which is a Grade I listed building.

"We had people all over the world, not just Heysham, contacting me in huge distress over this. They were terrific.

"It was really desecration but good always comes out of these really dodgy things."

Builder Bob Howard re-built the wall and the plant manager from Heysham power station, Nick Collins, thought restoring the plaques would make a good project for apprentices.

Mr Collins said: "We offered the support of the apprentices to do some work on the plaques and to clean them up.

"And they have done an absolutely fantastic job.

"I can't praise them enough and they've done it with a really positive attitude in helping the community."

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