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Police investigate lead theft from church roof

Witnesses, CCTV and dashcam footage are being sought by police after the theft of lead from a South Northamptonshire church roof.

At some point overnight on Thursday, June 6, into Friday, June 7, five people accessed the roof of the church of St Peter and St Paul, off Red Lion Street, King’s Sutton.

A large amount of lead was stolen, leaving the roof open to the elements and allowing heavy rainfall to damage to the church interior.

Sergeant Michaela Simons, of the Daventry and South Northants Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The theft and subsequent damage to the church has had a significant impact on the community. Many in the village have rallied together and brought buckets and plastic sheeting to protect the internal structures of the church and ancient paintings that are now exposed to water ingress. Work will be ongoing to cover the outer part of the roof.”

The community has come together to help protect the church interior while the roof is repaired. All church photographs supplied by the church of St Peter and St Paul.

Officers investigating the theft of the lead are appealing for anyone in the area with CCTV, or who was driving a vehicle with dashcam footage in the areas of Red Lion Street, The Avenue, and Church Avenue, between 5pm on Thursday and 5am on Friday, to get in touch.

They would also like to trace two vehicles with trailers parked in Red Lion Street at around 5.30pm on Thursday, June 6, and a vehicle and trailer seen at the junction of Church Avenue and Red Lion Street, at around 12.30am on Friday, June 7, as either possible witnesses or suspects.

The suspects involved in the lead theft are all men. One wore a light top, either with a hood or similarly coloured hat, and very dark coloured bottoms. The next is described as light skinned with short, dark hair. He wore a long-sleeved top which may have been ribbed or puffer-style, matching bottoms and reflective trainers.

A third man wore a dark long-sleeved hooded top and paler bottoms. The fourth also wore a dark long-sleeved hooded top and much lighter coloured bottoms.

The fifth is described as light skinned with a dark beard and glasses. He wore very dark bottoms and long-sleeved top, with a much lighter top showing beneath. He also wore a paler beanie hat and distinctive contrast coloured shoes.

Witnesses to the lead theft, anyone who saw the vehicles and trailers or who has knowledge of them, or information about the theft of the lead should call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Information can also be shared anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Incident number: 19000292080

A similar offence occurred overnight from Wednesday, June 5, into Thursday, June 6, at All Saints church, in Church Lane, Croughton, near Brackley, is also being investigated. Anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage filmed in the area during the time the offence happened should call police on 101, regarding incident number 19000290324.

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