Lead stolen from roof of North Witham church
Fears are growing that a gang of thieves are operating locally following the theft of lead from the church roof in North Witham at the weekend.
It is believed the gang are stealing lead from village churches in the Grantham, Stamford and Melton areas after a number of churches were targeted in recent months. Churches in Tallington and Stoke Rochford are among those buildings which have had a large amount of lead stolen.
North Witham resident and Colsterworth and District parish councillor David Bellamy said: "North Witham St Mary's church was targeted on Saturday night, April 13, by lead thieves. Skillington, Sproxton and Stoke Rochford have also fallen victim to these morally bankrupt individuals, some times returning several nights to completely strip the roofs."
Coun Bellamy said local residents had been alerted and the police informed. He added: "We believe its a gang of at least four or five because of the distance the material was carried after being stripped from the roof and presumably someone keeping a watch out."