Abandoned BMW found with lead inside after theft from church

Suffolk police found an abandoned BMW 3 Series with lead inside following a church theft in Freckenh

Suffolk police found an abandoned BMW 3 Series with lead inside following a church theft in Freckenham Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

An abandoned BMW 3 series containing a quantity of lead has been found by Suffolk police following a theft at a church near Mildenhall.

Police believe the theft happened around 2.30am today at St Andrews' Church in Freckenham, north west Suffolk.

A member of the public disturbed a group stealing lead from the church roof, who made off from the scene in a car.

Officers searching the area later found an abandoned black BMW 3 series in nearby Fordham Road, which contained a quantity of lead.

Sergeant Brian Calver, of the Rural Policing Team, said: "I'm urging communities that live near churches to remain extremely vigilant and check out any suspicious noises they hear around the church at night.

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"If you suspect that there are offenders on site, dial 999 as this is a heritage crime in progress and the losses can and do amount to tens of thousands of pounds.

"Do not approach or disturb the offenders, as by reporting and observing discreetly, it will allow police officers the chance to get to the scene and apprehend those involved."

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Witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting reference 32430/19.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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