Gosberton church leaders reeling after lead thieves target church again before being disturbed by a villager
The Vicar of Gosberton is asking for villagers' help to find thieves who stole lead from the parish church's roof for the second time within 48 hours.
A day after thieves got away with "about two thirds of the lead above the church's Lady Chapel", according to the Rev Ian Walters, a second targeting of St Peter and St Paul's Church, in Westhorpe Road, took place overnight (between Friday and Saturday).
Mr Walters confirmed that a "similar load of lead" had been stolen, but this time the thieves were disturbed by a member of the public who called the police.
"It happened at about 3am and there was a significant amount of spilt fuel, possibly diesel, left on the road from where the thieves loaded up on the corner of The Bell pub in High Street.
"I know that a black BMW 3 Series vehicle was one of their vehicles used by the thieves who loaded some lead in its boot before they sped off towards Donington."
Just a day earlier, so much lead was taken from the roof of St Peter and St Paul's that Mr Walters said: "You can see daylight so the timbers must have been damaged too".
"I would appreciate the help and knowledge of locals who have CCTV that might have caught the vehicle driving away from the church," Mr Walters said.
"These thieves must be stopped - it is our community they are targeting and we have to make them understand that they are not welcome here."
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 160 of May 17.