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Flower festival is hit by theft of lead from village church roof

STOLEN LEAD: William Webb stands in front of where lead was stolen from the roof. SG280714-106TW

STOLEN LEAD: William Webb stands in front of where lead was stolen from the roof. SG280714-106TW

The annual flower festival at St Mary Magdalene Church in Gedney was met with great disappointment over the weekend when lead was stolen from the church’s roof.

Thousands of visitors arrived at the church to view over 100 ‘clever and innovative’ floral arrangements, made and donated by 75 volunteers, which focused on the theme of A Calendar of Colour.

But overnight on Friday, five sheets of lead were stolen from the far north roof, which left those at the church angered and disappointed.

Churchwarden William Webb said: “This was a massive disappointment to us and it put a complete dampener on the festival.

“The size of the area from where the lead was stolen is that of half a tennis court.

“We got a local builder in immediately who made the church safe and rainproof with some plastic sheeting.

“Obviously, we are covered by insurance but that is not the point.

“We have a huge, lengthy procedure to go through now as the building is Grade I listed. It is going to take a while to sort out.”

A police spokesman said: “A vehicle of some description must have been used to remove lead from the site.

“Anyone who saw anything that they may now feel was suspicious, or who has any information about this crime, is asked to call 101 quoting incident 145 of July 26.”

 

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