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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Police appeal after copper thieves strike at Cumbrian churches

Copper thieves have struck at three Cumbrian churches.

Lightning conductor strips have been stolen from St Leonard's and St John's churches, both in Cleator Moor and St Paul's Church in Frizington, over the last three weeks.

The strips are about one inch wide and would have to be rolled up to be taken away, say police. In total, it is estimated about 19 metres have been stolen.

Pc Chris Blain said the thefts had caused an estimated £1,000 worth of damage to all three churches.

He appealed for information about the raids.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area in the last few weeks.

"People who live in these local communities and the immediate area around the church may be able to help us with any suspicious vehicles which have been in the area,” he said.

Anyone who can help should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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