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Intruders broke into a village church and made off with toilet paper - and half a packet of tea bags.

Minister of Gosberton Baptist Church, Steve Weatherly-Barton, said that he had a call yesterday morning (Wednesday, March 18), to say there had been a break-in at the building.

"It is weird, but clearly, my guess is somebody is trying to make money at inflated prices," he said.

Gosberton Baptist Church break-in: Minister Steve Weatherly-Barton shows where toilet roll thieves first tried to break-in.
Gosberton Baptist Church break-in: Minister Steve Weatherly-Barton shows where toilet roll thieves first tried to break-in.

"We do not know when it happened but it was discovered in the morning.

"I had the call at about 11am. They initially tried to get in through the front door but it is toughened glass so what they then did is they wandered around to the toilets in the little extension and climbed in through the toilet window.

"It is odd because we not keep anything of value in the church; and that was obviously not what they were looking for."

Thieves broke in through the toilet block window to steal toilet rolls from Gosberton Baptist Church.
Thieves broke in through the toilet block window to steal toilet rolls from Gosberton Baptist Church.

Cupboards inside the church and the kitchen had been opened - and as well as making off with around 'a dozen' toilet rolls, Mr Weatherly-Barton said they took half an opened packet of tea bags.

"We would have gladly offered our toilet rolls if people had asked for them," he added.

The people of Gosberton, and neighbouring village Quadring, have together set up a Facebook group called Gosberton and Quadring COVID 19 Support Group.

"I think the biggest problem is people on their own who do not have Internet access," Mr Weatherly-Barton added. "We are trying our best to get people to look out for their neighbours."

For those who are online, he explained that the church is looking at a way to offer 'virtual prayers' or a 'Thought for the Day' or hymns.

And Rev Ian Walters, of Gosberton Parish Church (St Peter and St Paul's), said that although church services have currently been suspended during the coronavirus outbreak, his door will still be open.

Mr Walters explained: "Gosberton Parish Church will remain open daily from 9.30am until after 4-5pm or later.

Rev Ian Walters, of St Peter and St Paul's (Gosberton Parish Church), is keeping his door open for people.
Rev Ian Walters, of St Peter and St Paul's (Gosberton Parish Church), is keeping his door open for people.

"People can come in for quiet time or to light a candle.

"On Sundays from 10am myself, or a church minister, will be here to say prayers and people can come in and if they want, to sit and maintain a safe distance apart. They do not have to pick up a hymn book."

In January this year, we reported how thieves had broken into the church hall in Donington and took all the food stock from the cupboards except for the tea. Again, toilet rolls were also taken.

And before Christmas, they stole the tree lights and decorations from the village's church of St Mary and the Holy Rood.

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