Stoke & Staffordshire

Three men jailed for Stoke Minster lead theft

Stoke Minster
Image caption Around £5,000 has been raised so far to restore Stoke Minster roof

Three men have been jailed for eight months after admitting stealing lead from the roof of Stoke Minster.

Spartakus Grachauskas, 23, Mykolas Serdicenko, 18 and Nikoladus Janouicius, 23, all from Crewe, were sentenced at Stoke Crown Court.

The men were arrested in April after a passer by spotted the theft in progress and informed the police.

The damage left to Stoke Minster roof will cost £30,000 to repair.

Gavin Drake, from the Diocese of Lichfield, said: "This is a very serious crime which has left the worshipping community at Stoke Minster with a large repair bill."

The church has launched an appeal for funds to help replace the stolen lead.

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