Thieves climbed onto a church roof and stole large amounts of lead in Church Lane, Aston Clinton last week.
At some point between 10pm on Wednesday 6th July and 5pm the following day thieves caused damage by breaking into the grounds of St Michael’s & All Angel’s church and taking a 50ft by 15ft piece of lead from the roof.
It will cost between £100,000 and £200,000 to replace, and tarpaulin will be used to guard against the elements in the meantime.
All of the lead is marked, so will be recognisable to scrap dealers, but James Adam, head of the Fabric of the Church Committee, believes it will be sold abroad.
He said he was “sickened” when he heard the roof was “stripped bare”, and realised that the church would have to raise all the money.
He said: “We are hoping that the village and the whole area will help us and make a few donations.”
The church community were already raising money for the south side of the roof, but it was the lead from the north side that was stolen.
As the church has applied for a grant for the south side, it cannot apply again this year for these new costs.
The neighbour’s cat Tia, who often visits the church, was also affected as she climbed up where the lead had been taken, got stuck and was found early the next morning.
PC Lauren Suffling, from Aylesbury CID, said: “This crime will have a lasting impact on the church and local community and I would urge anyone who becomes aware of a large quantity of lead for sale to get in touch.”
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