Churches targeted in new wave of attacks

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A church in Dalham has suffered damaged to part of its building just months after thousands of pounds of lead was stolen from its roof.

Between 5pm on Sunday, October 12 and 5pm the following day the door at the bottom of St Mary’s Church tower was forced open and damaged, while the roof entrance to the tower was also entered.

Unlike the lead theft back in July, nothing was stolen on this occasion.

Within two days of the break-in at St Mary’s two bells, valued at £5,000 each, were stolen from inside the entrance of St Nicholas’ Church in Little Saxham.

“These type of thefts are extremely damaging, costing churches vast sums of money to carry out repairs and replace the stolen items,” said Detective Inspector Nick Power, of Bury St Edmunds CID.

“We will continue to offer support to churches around enhancing their security.”

Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference BR/14/759.