Copper thieves’ church mishap

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THIEVES trying to steal the copper lightning conductor from a village church suffered a setback when the drainpipe they were climbing gave way.

The criminals are believed to have used the drainpipe on a high wall at the 19th century Holy Trinity Parish Church, Thurgoland, Barnsley, to try and reach the top of the lightning conductor.

When it gave way, they only managed to escape with three metres of copper which they managed to reach from the ground.

Now the church has had the remaining section of the conductor removed and it has all been replaced with a non valuable metal and marked with Smartwater to deter potential thieves.