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East Winch church left in the dark by raiders

East Winch Church, Church warden Geoff Newton at the church where flood lights have been stolen. ANL-141003-113025001

East Winch Church, Church warden Geoff Newton at the church where flood lights have been stolen. ANL-141003-113025001

All Saints’ Church in East Winch has been left in darkness after callous thieves stole its floodlights

The church has been lighting up the night for villagers and passing motorists on the busy A47 over the last 12 years.

But there is now a blackout after the two floodlights were stolen between February 2 and 27.

The theft has disappointed the Rev Jane Holmes and the congregation. She said: “It is very sad that someone has stolen from a church. I don’t know why anyone would want to steal them as I cannot imagine that they are worth a lot.”

Churchwarden Geoff Newton said the floodlights were installed in 2002 to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

The theft was noticed on March 2 when the church clock was wound.

People living near the church believe the floodlights were still there on February 27.

Mr Newton said: “I am very disappointed that someone would do this. I don’t know why they would have taken them as they are not terribly heavy and would not be worth a lot for scrap metal.

“It is pity these people have nothing better to do for what little gain they will make. We are trying to keep this church going.”

It is still being decided whether to replace the stolen floodlights.

This is not the first time All Saints’ has been targeted by thieves. It was left with £1,150 bill after a previous raid when metal thieves stole sections of the copper lightning conductor.

Police are appealing for more information into the theft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Paul Powter-Robinson at Hunstanton Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 (calls cost 15p).

 

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