Church Lead Thieves Sentenced

Six men found guilty of stealing seventy tonnes of lead from churches across the East Midlands have been given over 20 years in prison at Lincoln Crown Court later today.

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Church lead thieves sentenced to over 20 years imprisonment

5 men sentenced today Credit: ITV Central

A gang of six men who systematically stole lead from the roofs of churches across Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire have been sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court today.

Vidas Andruska, Andrius Cereska, Tadas Andruska, Audrius Kvedaras and Nerijus Razmas were jailed for a total of 20 years and 6 months.

A sixth man, Vitalijus Vikys, was given a 6 month suspended sentence.

They were jailed for conspiracy to steal, theft and handling stolen goods.

Thieves who stole lead from church roofs were told they "Desecrated the heritage of this country" .

A gang who stripped the lead from church roofs across the East Midlands, has been jailed for a total of almost 21 years. The six men from Lithuania stole around 70 tonnes of lead, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage.

The judge at Lincoln Crown Court told them they "desecrated the heritage of this country". Phil Brewster reports.

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Lead thieves due to be sentenced

Six men found guilty of stealing 70 tonnes of lead from churches across the East Midlands are due to be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court later today.

The men stripped as much as fifty thousand pounds worth of lead from church roofs during night-time raids. They then sold it on at metal recycling yards.

They targeted churches across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

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