‘Audacious’ thieves have stolen an entire lead roof from a Grade I-listed church All Saint’s Houghton Conquest Bedfordshire.
About 20 tonnes of lead was taken from All Saint’s Church, Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire, over ‘a prolonged period of time’, police said. The theft was discovered on Tuesday and police believe the thieves posed as tradesmen to gain access to the roof. The church said the insurance would not cover all the repair costs – expected to reach tens of thousands of pounds. Treasurer Joyce Bullock said: ‘I don’t know how we are going to pay for it,’ adding: ‘I just pray every day that nothing else happens.’
The theft was uncovered on Tuesday when daylight could be seen through the ceiling and rubble was found on the ground. Sarah Hannant, a member of the congregation, said: ‘This is devastating; it has caused a lot of stress. We don’t have enough volunteers as it is, it just takes the wind out of your sails.’