MP calls for government funds to be used to help Suffolk church repairs

St Bartholomew Church in Groton is one of the Suffolk churches where lead has been stolen in the past few weeks. ''Pictured: David Lamming - Church Secretary ANL-150610-154106009
St Bartholomew Church in Groton is one of the Suffolk churches where lead has been stolen in the past few weeks. ''Pictured: David Lamming - Church Secretary ANL-150610-154106009

Following a spate of lead thefts from church roofs in Suffolk, MP Matt Hancock has called for government funds to be used to help to repair them.

Mr Hancock has written to Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, asking her to consider including these church roofs for the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

He said: “Our beautiful Suffolk churches are much loved places of worship, and a central part of our village communities.

“They are the places we turn to when we celebrate great moments like christenings and marriages, and to mourn loved ones when they die.

“It is totally unacceptable that they should be damaged, and I will work to protect and repair them.

“Without adequate funding to replace their roofs, it is likely that these historic places of worship will likely deteriorate further, which would be a real loss. ”

“I will work with other Suffolk MPs, including James Cartlidge and Jo Churchill, to help to support the work to replace the stolen lead.”

Since lead was stolen from St Mary’s Church in Combs, near Stowmarket, on August 23, lead has been stolen from eight other Suffolk churches.

Churches in Lavenham, Stratford St Mary, Parham, Dennington, Hundon, Chevington, Hawkedon and most recently Groton, have been effected.