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£22,000 raised in aid of St Mary’s Church, Baconsthorpe, targeted by lead thieves

PUBLISHED: 09:29 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 11 July 2018

Baconsthorpe Castle prints, donated by illustrator Mungo McCosh, are still available. Photo: Raising the Roof

Baconsthorpe Castle prints, donated by illustrator Mungo McCosh, are still available. Photo: Raising the Roof

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Tea at Westminster, a day of fly fishing, and a homemade cake every month for a year.

Baconsthorpe church fundraiser. Picture: Pat CubittBaconsthorpe church fundraiser. Picture: Pat Cubitt

These were just some of the enticing items on offer at an auction in aid of a north Norfolk church targeted by lead thieves.

St Mary’s Church in Baconsthorpe, near Holt, was raided twice early last year.

Thieves stole up to six tons of lead from the church in March 2017 and returned in April when they caused £40,000 worth of damage.

Read more: Dramatic pictures show the damage caused to St Mary’s Church in Baconsthorpe, near Holt, after it was targeted by lead thieves

Lead theft at Baconsthorpe church: Pictures: Corinne YoungsLead theft at Baconsthorpe church: Pictures: Corinne Youngs

But the community have rallied round, and at an auction held at the church on Friday, July 6 a total of £22,000 was raised for its refurbishment.

Fundraising group treasurer, Richard Youngs, said: “It’s a credit to the hard work of our community and donors far and wide that we were able to attract such enthusiastic bidders”.

And limited edition prints of Baconsthorpe Castle, donated by illustrator Mungo McCosh, are still available.

Visit the auction website for details.

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