George Lodge passed on this message from the police:
A criminal damage and theft of Cotswold stone roof tiles from St Mary’s Church happened sometime overnight of Monday 12th into Tuesday 13th.
It is believed the offenders would have had a vehicle, such as a tipper. They have cut off and removed a pad lock to a wooden 5 bar gate which gives access to a small grass car park on the West side of the church. This is accessed off Church lane itself. From here, the offenders have removed the bottom 7-8 courses of stone tiles off the pitched roof to the vestry which is on the West side of the building. This amounts to around 12 metre squared. Last time this happened to the church was back in 1998, where a similar area was taken, and that cost £5K. Estimates this time will be around £7-8K to repair and replace. The padlock has been replaced at a cost of £23.
No attempt to gain entry to the church was made, and the rest of the building is intact. Even the lead flashings were not touched and remain in place. It appears the tiles were specially targeted, possibly stolen to order.
There is a risk and concern that the offenders may re attend at remove more tiles. They are highly sought after and have a high value, or target other village churches
Please report any information, including suspicious activity, to the NPT Team please.
Police Constable Lee Pelling or Andrew Griffin.
Community Beat Manager Bradford-on-Avon Rural (EA12) – Trowbridge & Bradford-on-Avon Sector
Bradford on Avon Police Station
Station Approach, Bradford on Avon
Wiltshire, BA15 1DF