May 172013

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are investigating after metal thieves targeted a church three times in the past month.

The incidents all took place between the 9th April and 16th May at the Parish Church in Aberlady.

Officers were alerted yesterday (Thursday) following the most recent theft, which happened between the 9th and 16th May.

The other offences are believed to have occurred between the 5th and 10th May, and sometime around the 9th April.

On each occasion a small quantity of lead flashing was taken from the roof and has now resulted in water leaking through into the church.

Officers are investigating whether these thefts are linked and are urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

PC Kristian Flucker said:

The church staff and parishioners are deeply upset that their place of worship has been repeatedly targeted in recent weeks and we are working closely with the local community to bring those responsible to justice.Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in or around the church in the past month is asked to contact police immediately.

Similarly, anyone with information that can help identify the thieves is also asked to get in touch.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.