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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 May 2007, 13:11 GMT 14:11 UK
Raids leave church with huge bill
A church has been left with a five-figure bill after thieves stole lightning conductors, ladders and lead flashing from the roof.

Raiders have struck at Holy Trinity Church in Heath Town, Wolverhampton, three times in the past two weeks.

The thefts come as the church undergoes a 200,000 project to repair its clock and stonework on its tower and spire.

Heath Town vicar, the Rev David Vestergaard, is asking people in the area to report anything suspicious.

'Attractive building'

He said: "It is discouraging for a congregation who have given generously and sacrificially to enable us to carry out this renovation.

"We are blessed with an attractive building but it is expensive to maintain and most of our congregation are not well off."

The cost of repairing damage caused by the thefts is not yet known but the church estimates it will be a five-figure sum.

The first attack took place two weeks ago when the lightning conductors were stolen. Last week, ladders were taken and on Monday the lead flashing was taken.

Ecclesiastical, a church insurer, says it has had more than 300 claims for theft of external metals from churches over the past 12 months.

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