Police are warning parishioners to be on their guard after lead thieves struck at a rural church in Suffolk.

Officers are appealing for witnesses following the theft of lead from a church in Hartest near Bury St Edmunds.

It took place at some point between Monday 14 and Wednesday 16 October when All Saints Church on Lawshall Road was targeted.

Police say there've also been reports of thefts from offertory boxes in the surrounding area recently, and that thieves appear to be targeting rural churches, situated in remote locations.

As well as causing a great deal of disruption for the church membership, these crimes are also against our heritage, with no regards for the damage caused or loss of cultural heritage as a result of their actions.

Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural Crime team