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Minister Appeals after Lead Theft

A Hethersett church which is this year celebrating the silver jubilee of a major re-building project has been hit by theft and vandalism. 

Hethersett Methodist Church is marking the 25th anniversary of its Operation New Look with a number of special events and services. 

Sadly plans are being hampered by the recent theft of lead from its roof. In addition the back fence of the car park as been broken down by youngsters using the area as a cut through to the village. 

The lead theft has proved of particular concern and has caused damage to the roof and other areas. 

Now Methodist Minister the Rev Derek Grimshaw is appealing for community support to help catch the thieves. The theft has already been reported to Norfolk Police. 

“We are very much a community focussed church and are at present looking at ways of channelling funds into supporting the local community. Unfortunately much of our resources are being used up to repair damage caused by thieves and vandals. 

“We really do need the community to support us by reporting to the police anything suspicious taking place around the church,” Rev Grimshaw said. 

The theft of lead from the building in Great Melton Road, has left damage to brickwork and necessitated a mopping up operation within the building during recent bouts of rain. 

“Many people involved in the church give hundreds of hours of their time freely and it is very disappointing that so much of their time is being taken up repairing unnecessary damage,” Rev Grimshaw added.