Thieves have stripped lead off the south aisle roof of St Edmund’s Church at Downham Market (pictured).

Father James Mather, rector at the church, posted pictures on social media yesterday and said: “We’re very sorry to report that we had the nasty night visitors last night.”

The theft occurred between midnight and 7am on Wednesday morning.

Father Mather appealed on social media for anyone who saw anything suspicious to get in touch so that information could be forwarded to the police.