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Three men arrested after thieves steal safe from St Wulfram's Church in Grantham




Three men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at St Wulfram’s Church on Christmas Day.

The men aged 37, 34 and 31 were arrested in connection with the offence and are currently on bail.

A safe containing £800 in cash and some important documents was stolen after the church was broken into at about 4am. The safe was later found and retrieved from the River Witham.

The stained-glass window at St Wulfram's which was smashed when burglars gained entry to the church on Christmas Day. Photo: John Manterfield (25524096)
The stained-glass window at St Wulfram's which was smashed when burglars gained entry to the church on Christmas Day. Photo: John Manterfield (25524096)

The thieves smashed a stained glass window to gain entry and then broke into the parish office. The window could cost up to £15,000 to repair, which will take several months.

Among the items stolen were two important books, one of which has been found. This was Edmund Turnor’s Collections for the History of the Town and Soke of Grantham, published in the early 19th century, which contains memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton.

The missing book is a handwritten account by William Glaister, a former vicar of Grantham in the 1870s, called Life and Times of St Wulfram’s. Father Stuart Cradduck, rector of St Wulfram’s Church, said that the book will be republished this year as part of the celebrations to mark the 1,300th anniversary of the death of St Wulfram.

Father Stuart said: “I’m truly proud of all our team who worked on Christmas Day and Boxing Day to secure the building and tidy up the mess.”


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