Police and Crime Commissioner’s delight as five men are arrested in connection with lead thefts near Attleborough

Norfolks newly-elected PCC, Lorne Green, highlighting the work of the voluntary sector as he is off

Norfolks newly-elected PCC, Lorne Green, highlighting the work of the voluntary sector as he is officially sworn in for a four-year term Lorne made his formal Declaration of Office at the Safe Haven Project on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner has pledged to protect the county 'world heritage' as more arrests have been made in the fight against lead thefts.

Lorne Green was speaking after, following efforts from the Operation Randall rural crime team, officers arrested five men in connection with 'going equipped' theft offences.

The men, who are all aged in their 20s and 30s and from the London area, were stopped yesterday evening, Thursday 19 January 2017, near to Attleborough.

A number of items, including the two vehicles they were travelling in, were seized and the men arrested.

All five were then taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre where they remain awaiting questioning.

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Mr Green said: 'I attach enormous support to tackling this scourge on our rich heritage. We are only custodians of this heritage, which belongs not only to this area but the world.'

Mr Green said he was looking to work with partners to project this heritage.

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'I'm personally delighted to hear there have been arrests made,' he added.

As part of our Stop The Roof Raiders campaign, the EDP and its sister paper, the East Anglian Daily Times, are offering a reward of at least £26,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for targeting churches.

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