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Masonry broken off All Saints Church Hougham while lead was stolen from the roof.
Churchgoers ‘sickened’ after gang steals lead from churches around Grantham
Masonry broken off All Saints Church Hougham while lead was stolen from the roof.

Churchgoers in the village of Hougham say they are ‘sickened’ following the theft of a huge amount of lead from their church roof.

Thieves struck in the early hours of Saturday morning, stripping the lead off the roof of All Saints and also breaking off large chunks of masonry from the building, which dates back to the 10th century in its earliest form.

The Hougham theft is just one of several similar cases reported in recent days, with churches at Brant Broughton and Aswarby also having their roofs stripped of lead.

A remembrance service on Sunday had to be cancelled at Hougham. The church will remain closed until December 11 when Communion will be held.

Hougham church warden Ray Beal told the Journal that the thieves must have staked out the church before the theft because they managed to get round the building’s security system.

The thieves also caused damage inside the church, which was soaking wet as rain got in through the damaged roof.

Mr Beal added: “It made me feel sick and very angry. Everybody is sickened by it. I do not think they did this off the hoof. They must have been round prior to it to work out how to get round the alarm system.”

Mr Beal said the roof of the church has now been made secure and waterproof, but added: “Inside the church it was like a lake. All the wooden seats and the kneelers are wet. I don’t know how long it will take to dry. Inside it’s like a wasteland.

“Fortunately, we are insured but I haven’t got a clue how much all this will cost. There is the question of the masonry as well, which is a job in itself. They have taken all the lead from the north aisle.”

Inspector Gary Stewart, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “We are currently investigating this theft and would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious near the church during the evening.

“You may have seen vehicles parked next to it or someone carrying tools as if they were working on it, or maybe heard sounds coming from the church.

“If this is the case, please contact Lincolnshire Police by calling 101, quoting incident number 106 of November 12, and help us catch those responsible.”

This is not the first time All Saints has been targeted – thieves struck four years ago, with about 30,000 worth of lead stolen. Three men pleaded guilty to stealing lead from more than 20 churches in the area.

In this current spate, thieves also ripped sheets of lead from the north aisle roof of Aswarby Church on Friday night while parishioners were away at a fund-raising event at Belton Park Golf Club to supplement a Lottery funding bid to repair the rest of 
the roof and the damaged spire.

On CCTV, thieves in two vans, possibly Mercedes Sprinters, were seen to park up outside Aswarby, moving in between 3am and 4am to load up the lead, damaging stonework in the process. Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident 99 of November 12.

Parish priest the Rev Nick Munday said: “All our churches are listed buildings and they are sacred. Our church has been violated.”

Meanwhile, last Tuesday night, St Helen’s Church in Brant Broughton was hit in the same way, losing most of its north aisle roof.

The Rev Alison Healey said her churchwarden discovered the theft. She said: “She saw chunks of stone had fallen down and looked up to see most of the north aisle roof had been taken.

“It has been sheeted over for now, which is all we can do. It is just heartbreaking for parishioners.”

Anybody with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 80 of November 10.

There was an attempted break in at Manor Park, Hougham at 9.30 Wednesday 22 June. The offender gained access to a conservatory through a window at the rear of the house and was trying to force open the locked door to the rest of the house when disturbed by the house owner. The offender escaped back through the window and was seen walking quickly down the drive to Main Street. The offender was described as a white male, about 20 years of age, 5'6" tall, dark curly hair, good looking and dressed in a dark coat. If you saw anyone fitting this description this morning, either on foot or getting into a car please let Berni or the police know. Also, if you saw an unusual car parked, please again report the information.

28/4/14

between the hours of 18:00 to 21:00 on Thursday the 24th April a property was enter on Grantham road in the village of Hough on the hill a large amount of cash was taken along with a lap top and a oyster Rolex watch, four bikes had been taken from the out building incident number 433 24/04/14.

02/03/14

Good morning from North rural team PCSO Mooney between the hours 9:30 x 17:45 of Wednesday 26th February a property on Old Chapel In Gelston was broken into items take were gold jewellery if you have any information on the incident please contact the force control room on 101 quoting incident number 380 26 02/14 many thanks

Good morning from PCSO Mooney from Grantham North Rural some time over the night of 11/04/13 a mercedes sprinter van that was parked in the car park at the Old Barn Hotel Marston was broken into items taken were Tom tom sat nav,go karting equipment including helmets,body suits,boots,gloves and visors if you have any information on this incident please contact the force control room on 101 quoting incident number 53 12/04/13 many thanks


Good Morning from PC Karla Bullimore from the Grantham North Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team. Between 1200 hours on Saturday 6th April and 11am on Sunday 7th April 2013 a dwelling burglary has occurred at a property on Main Street in Dry Doddington. Offenders have forced entry through the rear patio doors and have possibly used the side gate to gain access to the garden. Several electronic items have been stolen from within. If anyone has witnessed anything, please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 147 07/04/2013.
Please remember to lock side gates from within to add that extra security and install house alarms to use for when the property is unoccupied or overnight. Remember timer lights in the hours of darkness in the evenings.

If any suspicious vehicles or persons are seen, please contact us at the time on 101 so we can stop and check them.

Advice from Action Fraud on Rogue Traders

Sometime overnight on February 24th there was a burglary and a fire at an office and outbuildings in the Stubton Road area of Brandon.
If you have any information please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101,thank you.

Good morning from the North rural team PCSO Mooney some time over the night Sunday 24/02/13 three stable doors have been stolen from stables the location is Church lane near the round about Long Bennington if you have any information on this incident please contact the force control room on 101 quoting incident number 32 25/02/13 many thanks.

Sometime overnight on February 19th a Ifor Williams trailer was stolen from the Claypole Lane area of Dry Doddington.

At 1:30pm on February 19th a male attended a property in the Hough Rd area of Barkston claiming to be a tax rebate officer.
The male was described as white,tall, 40-50 years old and wearing a black overcoat.The male did not show any ID.

If you have any information please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101,thank you.

Sometime between December 15th & December 17th,500 litres of diesel were stolen from the Sand Lane area of Marston.

Sometime during the evening of November 12th,there was a theft of a battery from a bird scarer & a bird scarer was damaged.
This incident occurred in the Marston area.

Sometime between 6pm and 7:15pm on November 3rd there was a burglary at a property in the Toll Bar Rd area of Marston.
Cash was stolen from the property.

Sometime between 7pm and 10:30pm on November 3rd there was a burglary at a property in the Costa Row area of Long Bennington.
A laptop was stolen from the property.

between Saturday 27th October to Sunday 28th October three mercedes sprinter vans had their catalytic converters taken in the village of Allington if you have any information on this incident please contact the force control room on 101 quoting incident number 441 28/10/12

Sometime overnight on October 13th there was a theft of 300 litres of heating oil from a property in the Summerfield Close area of Dry Doddington.


Sometime overnight on October 13th,there was a theft of 150 gallons of diesel & 100 gallons of heating oil from a property in the Claypole area.

Sometime between October 12th and October 14th there was a burglary at a business at the Long Bennington Business Park. Three laptops & two software discs were stolen.

If you have any information please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101,thank you.



Sometime during the day on October 9th,there was a burglary at a property in the Town St area of Westborough. A lap top and Jewelery were stolen.

Sometime between 3pm & 5pm on October 6th,there was a theft of an air rifle,air pistol and ammunition from a garage in the Belton Lane area of Great Gonerby.

Sometime overnight on October 10th,there was an attempted theft of a Blue BMW with a registration ending with EBV from the Gretton Close area of Claypole.

If you have any information please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101,thank you.