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Wormegay and Tottenhill churches targeted by metal thieves

Father James Nolan outsdie Tottenhill Church where the lightning conductor was stolen. ANL-140324-134132001

Father James Nolan outsdie Tottenhill Church where the lightning conductor was stolen. ANL-140324-134132001

Lightning may not strike twice but metal thieves do after stealing conductors from two churches in the same week.

Members of St Botolph’s Church in Tottenhill and St Michael’s in Wormegay are facing bills of £1,000 each to replace copper conductors.

Fr James Nolan, who looks after both churches, noticed that the 10ft conductor was missing following a funeral service at Wormegay.

He then visited the Tottenhill church to find its conductor was also missing.

The thefts are believed to have happened between March 11 and 14.

Fr Nolan said: “This is going to cost a lot of money to repair and like all churches, money is tight. We have ongoing maintenance costs to the buildings but these will have to be put on the back burner to have this sorted out.

“It is very important to have this sorted because if the buildings are hit by lightning it can cause untold damage.

“We have to have the conductor replaced and tested which costs more than £1,000.

“It is very sad that this happened at two lovely places of worship. The churches are very important to village life and they are very precious to people.”

Fr Nolan pleaded for villagers to keep an eye on the churches.

This is the second time metal thieves have targeted Tottenhill church but the first time at Wormegay.

 

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