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Ipswich church's stained glass window plea
By Jon Wright
BBC Suffolk

A broken stained glass window at St Peter's church in Copdock
The smashed panel has a similar detailed design to it's neighbours

Photographs are needed of a stained glass window, smashed during a break in at a Suffolk church, in order to restore it.

Thieves broke into St Peter's Church at Copdock near Ipswich at the end of 2009.

Restoration work is underway but better quality images of the original design are needed.

"It's like trying to do a thousand piece jigsaw with only half a picture to work from," said Eddie Knight.

Mr Knight, a member of the Parochial Church Council and former warden at St Peter's, made the plea on BBC Radio Suffolk's Sunday morning breakfast programme.

"We're hoping that someone must have taken some photographs inside of St Peter's and hopefully they have taken a picture of that particular window by the vestry door."

Pane in the vestry

"The piece that's broken is about 2ft 6 square, so it's just a mess as the thieves broke the glass into thousands of pieces."

Eddie Knight outside the smashed window at St Peter's church in Copdock
Eddie says in the last 10 years they've had four break ins

The church has also had cast iron drain pipes taken by thieves in the past.

This attack, however, did not result in anything of value being taken.

"That was the ridiculous thing, they didn't do much at all.

"All they did was steal the old lawn mower which they might have got £20 for at the next boot sale!" said Eddie.

Anyone with pictures taken of the window can contact the church directly or email images to suffolk@bbc.co.uk




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