Church targeted by lead thieves for second time

Daily Echo: Second theft from church in two weeks Second theft from church in two weeks

A church has been attacked by thieves for the second time in two weeks.

Lead was taken from the roof of St Mary & All Saints Church in Droxford in the Meon Valley on Good Friday evening, just days after a similar robbery on March 27.

The combined worth of the lead from both robberies is thought to be about £4,000.

Now parishioners are petitioning the diocese to replace the lead on the roof with steel to avoid further thefts.

Churchwarden Elizabeth Stewart, of Police Station Lane, Droxford, said: “It’s very upsetting, especially as it happened on the evening of Good Friday. It’s very much a village-wide feeling that we should put something else up there instead and steel is less attractive to thieves.”

Her husband Ninian Stewart, a parishioner at the church since 1944, said: “We used Smart Water as a precaution but it proved totally ineffective, possibly because we could only afford to put it round the edges of the lead.”

Mr Stewart added that thieves had damaged tombstones during the raid, including one of Captain Jasper Haines, who took part in one of the first raids on German ‘Enigma’ machines during the Second World War.

A diocese meeting will discuss replacing the lead in May

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2:18pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Taskforce 141 says...

Slightly ironic that the church stole from the people for centuries and now some people are stealing from the church...

I dont condone such acts, but the irony is for all to see...
Slightly ironic that the church stole from the people for centuries and now some people are stealing from the church... I dont condone such acts, but the irony is for all to see... Taskforce 141

3:13pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Huffter says...

Taskforce 141 wrote:
Slightly ironic that the church stole from the people for centuries and now some people are stealing from the church... I dont condone such acts, but the irony is for all to see...
Be interested to know how Droxford Church stole from the people - which people, how much was stolen, how do you know?
[quote][p][bold]Taskforce 141[/bold] wrote: Slightly ironic that the church stole from the people for centuries and now some people are stealing from the church... I dont condone such acts, but the irony is for all to see...[/p][/quote]Be interested to know how Droxford Church stole from the people - which people, how much was stolen, how do you know? Huffter

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