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West Suffolk MP vows to help churches targeted by lead thieves




Matthew Hancock MP and a parishioner on the tower of All Saint's Church in Hundon ANL-150311-150555001
Matthew Hancock MP and a parishioner on the tower of All Saint's Church in Hundon ANL-150311-150555001

Matthew Hancock MP visited All Saint’s Church in Hundon following another lead theft in Suffolk.

Mr Hancock met with Reverend Stuart Mitchell and parishioners to look at the damage caused and learn how much it would cost to replace the lead stolen during the summer.

Hundon is one of numerous Suffolk churches to have their lead stolen recently, with others in Hawkedon, Thurlow, Chevington, Cowlinge and Lavenham also targeted.

Mr Hancock has written to the Chancellor asking him to prioritise church roofs suffering from lead theft in the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

Matthew said: “It is devastating to see the damage at All Saints Hundon thanks to the lead theft earlier this month.

“This historic church is at the heart of the village.

“The roof will cost many thousands to mend, and worse, some of the graves damaged by the lead as it was thrown from the roof can never be fully repaired.

“Churches across West and South Suffolk have been targeted in recent weeks, and I will work with local MPs, police, and the Government to find the thieves, fit alarms, and repair our wonderful churches.

“We must work together to stop this damage.”



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