Lead thieves target church

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HEARTLESS thieves who stripped lead from the roof of a church building have been branded “a plague on the community” by a local minister.

The raiders ripped out the valuable metal after gaining access to a roof belonging to Larne Methodist Church. The discovery was made after rain water leaked through the damaged sections of the building – which acts as a connection between the church and the church hall – and poured onto the carpet.

Rev Andrew Kingston told the Larne Times: “This was a very low thing to do and I find it scandalous that this kind of behaviour is taking place. These people are out to make a bit of easy money, but they are causing a lot of aggravation.”

Meanwhile, thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to three Larne town-centre shops after thieves scaled the buildings and made off with a large amount of lead.