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Church thefts damage fabric of our society

PUBLISHED: 20:48 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:48 04 May 2018

Nicholas Spidy stole various items - including a £400 cross - from three churches in Broadland last year - just days after Remembrance Sunday. 

Picture: James Bass

Nicholas Spidy stole various items - including a £400 cross - from three churches in Broadland last year - just days after Remembrance Sunday. Picture: James Bass

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They are centrepieces of our communities, many of which are fighting to survive.

On November 14, Spidy stole an ornate oil lamp holder and a brass miller lamp from All Saints Church in Hemblington. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYOn November 14, Spidy stole an ornate oil lamp holder and a brass miller lamp from All Saints Church in Hemblington. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Yet although thefts of a few slabs of lead or some ornaments may not seem a big deal to some, stealing from churches puts the future of our much-loved historic buildings at risk.

Churches have been repeatedly targeted in recent years, with army veteran Nicholas Spidy’s string of thefts just the latest in a long line of problems.

His stealing of items including a £400 cross from one church and wooden carvings for another would be bad enough anywhere - but the effect is magnified on our churches, many of which already face uphill struggles to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to fix leaking roofs and rotting structures. Thefts just set our churches’ fundraising efforts back further. We must all, as a community, strive to protect them.


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