Norfolk

Thieves return to strip church roof in Norfolk

St Laurence's Church, Harpley
Image caption Thieves took the lead from the aisle roofs in at St Lawrence church in Harpley

Thousands of pounds worth of lead has been stolen from a Norfolk church, just hours after a service for Remembrance Sunday service finished.

A gang stole £30,000 of lead from the roof of St Lawrence's, Harpley, near King's Lynn, on Sunday night, using a vehicle which damaged gravestones.

It is the second time a gang has struck at the church. In September thieves stole £20,000 of lead.

The rural dean of Lynn James Nash said the news would hit the community hard.

Image caption Tyre tracks were left on the graveyard
Image caption The theft happened on Sunday

He said the north aisle and south aisle roofs have been stripped, adding: "They have taken enough lead to cover a tennis court."

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