Two arrested in connection with lead theft at Devizes church

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Two men have been arrested in connection with lead theft after police were called to a church in Devizes in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The alarm was raised after two people were spotted on the roof of St James' Church, in Church Walk, at around 2.30am yesterday (28/09/19).

Officers attended and apprehended two suspects, who were on the roof.

The roof was examined and it was clear the areas of lead had been removed.

A car parked nearby was searched and a roll of lead was recovered from inside.

A 29-year-old man from Melksham was arrested on suspicion of theft and attempted theft.

A 48-year-old man from Salisbury was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft.

They have both been released on conditional bail for these offences while our enquiries continue.

However, the 29-year-old man was also wanted on warrant for recall to prison so has been remanded in custody.

Det Sgt Sam Hopkinson, from Central CID, said: "The spate of lead thefts from churches around the county has been widely reported on and we have been proactive in our work, both from a crime prevention perspective and with regards to our enforcement action.

"We will now be carrying out a thorough investigation to determine if these two suspects are linked to any of the other lead thefts which have been reported to us.

"We know that these types of offences are causing great frustration and annoyance for the diocese and parishioners, but we want to reassure people that we are taking these reports seriously.

"We would continue to encourage people to report suspicions to us - please call 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress."
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