Network Norwich and Norfolk > Regional News > News Archive > 2010 News archive > Crime wave hits hundreds of Norfolk churches

Crime wave hits hundreds of Norfolk churches

YelvertonChurchDaffsCrop2010: Churches across Norfolk have been hit by a crime wave of more than four attacks every week over the last three years.

The attacks on historic churches range from burglars breaking in to take donation tins and candlesticks, to thieves stealing lead from medieval roofs and arson attacks and were revealed by an Eastern Daily Press investigation using the Freedom of Information Act.

Churches face bills for thousands of pounds to repair damage and replace items which are often deemed priceless parts of the county’s heritage, but there is also an emotional cost to each crime as parishioners and worshippers, who see the sacred buildings as places of solace and security, are left feeling violated.

The Archdeacon of Norwich, the Venerable Jan McFarlane, denounced the criminals, saying: “Most things in a church, in terms of candlesticks and crosses, have usually been given in memory of somebody. The emotional upset when something like that is taken is huge. It’s a sheer feeling of violation. What it indicates is a general lack of respect for church buildings which seems to be increasing. Once upon a time they were seen as sacred places – that’s clearly not the case any more.”

Police figures, obtained by the EDP under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed 193 crimes, or an average of 4.5 a week, were reported at Norfolk churches between January 1 and October 31.Since January 2008, 631 offences – or 4.3 per week – have been reported across the county and similar levels of crime have also taken place in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Read more of this story on EDP24


Do you appreciate our service and stories?

The Network Norwich & Norfolk website has been published for over 13 years now and we have an established team of professional journalists covering the activities, organisations and churches which make up the county’s Christian community. Our whole purpose is to support that community by daily providing accurate, unbiased stories and features.

To pay for that service, we rely on our partner organisations, advertisers and readers to, in turn, support us financially. We want to keep the website free for everyone to access and continue to be able to pay for writers to produce the content you can enjoy every day.

We would like to ask you to consider supporting our work and suggest you might want to make a small regular donation of just £1 a week and become one of our 100 Friends, or a larger one-off or annual amount.

Because we are part of a registered charity we can reclaim Gift Aid on your donations if you are a tax-payer.

 Recommended reading 
Not rated. Write the first review or comment
Site Search

 Norfolk services........ 


Twitter-button  facebookbutton


Sign up for our
free e-newsletter

Send us your latest local news and events