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We are appealing for information after lead has been stolen from the roof of St Nicholas Church, Pevensey.

The church dates back to the 13th century and is grade 1 listed.

Due to the theft, this allowed rain water to cause significant damage to the building, this will be very costly to repair.

PCSO Daryl Holter, Heritage Crime Officer said: “Historic buildings are often a victim to heritage crime, lead for example is indiscriminately pulled up off roofs, tiles and stonework taken or glass windows smashed or stolen. All are testament to the skills of craftsmen, and many are stolen or smashed beyond repair – destroying in a moment something that has been familiar to and appreciated by generations”.

“These crimes often damage the very fabric of the building, their impact is immeasurable, as, even though items might be restored or replaced, the link to the past has gone forever. Heritage crime can have a devastating impact on local communities, far outweighing the material loss suffered”.

We are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch either by email on

https://www.sussex.police.uk/…/tell-us-about-existing-case…/

or by calling 101 quoting reference 1224 04/06/19.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity, Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thank you PCSO Daryl Holter 17324.