Lead thieves target Blickling Church 

blickling roof 480CF2016: Lead has been ripped off the roof of Blickling Parish Church, causing thousands of pounds’ worth of damage, not only to the roof, but also to the church interior by way of water damage. Tony Rothe reports.

The church, which is next-door to The National Trust’s Blickling Hall, was targeted sometime on Wednesday 19th October when thieves removed lead from the south aisle roof. This allowed rain water to flood in, damaging pews, the floor and other items including the medieval brass of Sir Nicholas Dagworth, the founder of the original Blickling Hall.
Revd Canon Andrew Beane said: “It’s a devastating blow. The damage caused by lead theft not only destroys the heritage of some of our county’s most beautiful buildings and tourist assets, but more importantly also affects those who care, love and worship in our churches.
blickling church 250CF"This vandalism has exposed the inside of this architectural delight of a church to the elements, and even more damage could be caused before repairs can be made.  It’s been made even more frustrating and demoralising, as the congregation have only just celebrated, at a special Harvest Service with the Bishop of Lynn, the repairs to the another part of the roof which cost over £100,000 raised by donations and grants.”
Rev Beane thanked local builders NF Coverdales from Cawston who have put a temporary roof cover in place.
PC Greig Shepherd is leading the investigation and has asked that if anyone has seen anything suspicious they should contact the Police on 101
If anyone would like to help with the cost of repairing Blickling Church, then donations towards the repairs can be made at http://tinyurl.com/BlicklingRoof

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