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Man on Coltishall church roof armed with knife arrested on suspicion of theft

PUBLISHED: 18:19 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 18:19 27 April 2017

St John The Baptist Church, Coltishall.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

St John The Baptist Church, Coltishall.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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A man found by police on a church roof in Coltishall has been arrested on suspicion of theft offences.

Three people were arrested at Coltishall church on suspicion of theft offences. Pictures: David Bale Three people were arrested at Coltishall church on suspicion of theft offences. Pictures: David Bale

Officers arrived at St John the Baptist Church, on Church Street, at about 9.30pm last night to reports of suspicious activity.

A 20-year-old man was found on the roof of the church and was arrested on suspicion of theft and being in possession of a knife.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were also arrested in connection with the theft.

All three were taken to Aylsham police investigation centre where they remain awaiting questioning.

Builders on the church roof in Coltishall putting down tarpaulins to protect it from the rain: Pictures: David Bale Builders on the church roof in Coltishall putting down tarpaulins to protect it from the rain: Pictures: David Bale

The rector, Rev Christopher Engelsen said a church member heard noises coming from the roof while locking up, and phoned the police. He waited inside the church until the police arrived.

“We do not yet know the extent of the damage caused,” he said.

The church is famous for its reed thatch roof, the massive 15th century tower, 67ft high, and its clock that was fitted in 1877.

Anyone who may have information about lead thefts in their neighbourhood should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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