John Howard, spokesman for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said it was too early to know the value of the lead stolen or the cost of repairs – but early indications are it c
ould be similar to Combs’ Church (which had their lead stolen on Sunday night) which is facing a £150,000 bill.
Mr Howard said “The stealing of lead from church roofs is not just an attack on the church building but also the community which it serves,” he said.
“The diocese is working with Suffolk Constabulary to make communities aware of how they can frustrate thieves.”
Earlier today Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: ““[A] dedicated rural crime team, led by Pc Mark Bryant is doing an excellent job. This team, supported by Suffolk’s two dedicated rural Special Constabulary units, has a very good understanding of the negative impact heritage crime has in rural areas.
“We all have a role to play to protect our county’s beautiful churches but so often they are in remote areas so I would urge everyone to keep their eyes peeled and report any suspicious activity.”
Anyone with any information about the Lavenham crime should call Babergh west police on 101, quoting crime number SU/15/2046.
Calls can also be made to Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you would like to make a donation to help towards the eventual cost of repairs, you can send cheques payable to “Lavenham PCC” (marked ‘Roof Repairs’).
Alternatively you can give by Text Giving. Just Text LVCH01 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070.