that the roof had been stripped of lead worth £100,000. Villagers mounted a watch, and were delighted to spot three men on the roof - in balaclavas and masks – with lead taken off and rolled up nearby ready to be taken away.
So they called the police, who arrived and arrested them. Right? Err, no:
But to the astonishment of residents they only got a caution because officers decided they may just have been admiring the view.Perhaps the villagers would have been better off alleging a Health and Safety breach instead of theft...?
Churchwarden's wife Carole Robinson says 85 per cent of the lead on the roof has been taken.
She added: 'It was beyond belief. The police said they could claim they had only gone up to look at the view. It left people furious.”