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Man found guilty of 18 charges of lead thefts from churches, including Witham on the Hill

A man has been found guilty of 18 charges of lead theft, including one incident at a village church in our area.

Madalin Gabriel Prundaru, 26, had denied 18 lead theft charges.

But on Thursday, following a trial at Lincoln Crown Court, a jury found him guilty of all the charges after deliberating for over four hours.

St Andrew's Church, Witham on the Hill

All the offences took place during a spate of attacks by groups of men on churches between May and August, 2016 which caused damage estimated at £461,000.

Among the churches involved was St Andrew's at Witham on the Hill, near Bourne.

Other churches targeted in Lincolnshire included St Nicholas Church in Walcot, which fell victim to thieves twice in late August 2016, St Botolph's in Newton and The Church of St Denys in Kirkby la Thorpe.

Across the border in Rutland St Mary's at Manton and St Edmund's at Egleton were also targeted.

Other churches across the Midlands fell victim to lead thefts, including two churches in Oxfordshire, two in Northamptonshire and four in Leicestershire.

Prundaru, of Redbridge Lane East, Ilford, was released on conditional bail until April 28 when he will be sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court.

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