Weston churches hit by break-ins

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:35 26 October 2015

Church thefts

Church thefts

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THE number of thefts and burglaries from churches in Weston-super-Mare reached its highest in five years in 2014.

There were 26 incidents of people stealing or breaking into church buildings and graveyards last year, with 124 incidents since 2010, according to information obtained from a Freedom of Information request.

With 16 instances of thefts from church already this year and a recent spate of roof thefts causing particular concern, crime prevention and church protection heritage groups are collaborating to stop the rot.

A spokesperson from Ecclesiastical Insurance, which insures churches in case of crime and violence, said: “There is still a great deal left to do to eradicate this crime completely and to protect our country’s infrastructure and heritage buildings.”

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