Thieves cause thousands of pounds of damage to Mansfield Woodhouse church

The church were the damage was done.
The church were the damage was done.

Extensive damage has been caused to a Mansfield Woodhouse church - just weeks after its sister church in Mansfield was also targeted by thieves.

Trinity Methodist Church, on High Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, had lead stolen from its roof, causing damage to the roof itself and the ceiling of the church.

Richard Tanner, minister at the church for the last 18 months has said that the thieves have cost the church £2,500 in damages.

Minister Tanner who also preaches at Sherwood Forest Methodist, on Big Barn Lane, Mansfield, where lead was stolen from the church weeks prior to the latest theft.

He said: "I am annoyed really I don't know what people get out of it.

"They get nothing in profit compared to the cost of the damaged they caused.

"They have taken lead, caused damage to the roof itself and to the ceiling.

"I think we are easy prey for them, a lot of the time there are no people inside the church.

"It shows the general lack of care from some people."

The damages will be paid for by the church's insurance, which could see the church's premium increase.

The church's funds come from its congregation.

40 people a week go to service at the church on Sundays.

In the week 200 people visit from youth engagement groups, coffee mornings and a weekly lunch club during the school holidays for children.

Minister Tanner said: "My congregation give generously to support the church which is ending up spent on damage which never should have happened in the first place."

A Nottinghamshire Police Spokesman after the theft believed to have happened overnight on Monday, May 28 said: "Tiles and lead were stolen from the roof of a church on High Street causing extensive damage to the building."